The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking direction to the central government to confer the Bharat Ratna on Mahatma Gandhi. The court said that Mahatma Gandhi is much higher than Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour, and declined the petition.
"He is much higher than the Bharat Ratna. He is held in much greater esteem by the people… what is the Bharat Ratna for Mahatma Gandhi?" Chief Justice SA Bobde said. The CJI also asked the petitioner to make a representation before the government.
"We agree with your sentiment but we can’t accept this petition. You can make a representation to the government," he added.
The petitioner had filed a PIL, requesting the top court to direct the Central government to honour Mahatma Gandhi with the Bharat Ratna. Bharat Ratna is the country’s highest civilian award.
Mahatma Gandhi played a crucial role in the country’s fight for Independence with his non-violent movement. The world celebrates October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born, as International Day of Non-Violence. In 2019, the world observed the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.