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Activists from Rashtrawadi Sena, a hardline Hindu group, shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi, Dec. 23, 2011. Dozens of activists on Friday held a protest against a Siberian trial calling for one of Hinduism's most holy books, the Bhagavad Gita, to be put on a list of banned literature that includes Hitler's Mein Kampf. The court is due to decide on Dec. 28.REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Prosecutors in Russia are planning to file an appeal against a verdict that rejected their call to ban a translated version of the holy book of the Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita, which they describe as "extremist literature."

On Dec. 28, a Siberian court had rejected a plea banning the Bhagavad Gita in Russia.

Describing the Bhagavad Gita as extremist literature, a group linked to the Christian Orthodox Church demanded a ban due to conflict of interests between the Russian followers of Lord Krishna and the local authorities in the Siberian region of Tomsk.

The case has been going on in the Tomsk court since June and there is a demand for the ban on a Russian translation of the "Bhagavad Gita As It Is," written by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Replying to a journalist's question at a news conference, Sadhu Priya Das of ISKCON, Moscow, said that complainant prosecutors have sought more time from the Tomsk court for filing an appeal against the verdict in a higher court.

The deadline to file an appeal against the Dec. 28 ruling by a Tomsk court expired on Wednesday.

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