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Supreme court of India has not changed its moto from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’

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A post claiming that Supreme court’s motto has changed from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’ is doing rounds on social media. Through this article lets fact-check the claim made in the post.

 The archived version of this post can be found here.

Claim: Supreme court’s motto is changed from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’.

Fact: PIB through a tweet confirmed that the claim about Supreme court’s changing its motto from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’ is false. Also, we looked through the archives of the supreme court website dating back to 2010 where we could see the moto ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’ on the website. Even the Supreme Court’s logo in Judgments dating back to 2010 is ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’. With this, we can conclude that the Supreme court motto has not changed recently. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Google search with the keywords ‘Supreme court of India motto’ led us to tweet by PIB clearing the air regarding this claim. According to their tweet, the claim that the Supreme courts motto inscription is changed from ‘Satyameva Jayate’ to ‘Yato Dharmastato Jayah’ is false.

In a document which is found in the history section of the Supreme Court website which describes the dharma chakra logo, we can see “Yatodharmastato jayah” (Truth alone I uphold) inscribed below the logo.

When we looked through the archives of the Supreme court website on the wayback machine, in the oldest archive which is dated 06 Febuary 2006 we can see the moto ‘Yatodharmastato jayah’ on the letterhead of the then Chief Justice of India VN Khare.

In another such archive dated 20 November 2010, we can find the moto ‘Yatodharmastato jayah’ on the website.

In yet another archive dated 24 October 2010, we can clearly see the moto ‘Yatodharmastato jayah’ on the website. So the claim that Supreme court changed its moto recently is not true.

Even in the Supreme Court judgements dating back to 2009 & 2010, we can see the ‘Yatodharmastato jayah’ logo.

To sum it up, Supreme court did not change its moto recently.

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