Supreme Court Hearing Petitions Contesting Provisions of Places of Worship Act 1991.

A petition challenging certain provisions of the Act of 199, which were prohibits from the filing of actions seeking to reclaim or alter the nature of places of worship, which came into force on August 15, 1947, which will be heard by Hon’ble Supreme Court on 9th September.

A Bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana today took note of the filed plea by Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi’s stating objections to certain provisions of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 have been excluded from the list of business six times.

This time it will probably be performed on September 9th. The lead attorney representing the matter said  it needed to make sure it wasn’t left off the list.

 On 29 July of this year, a  bench chaired by Justice D Y Chandrachud and composed of Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli refused to consider the six other petitions on this issue separately , urged petitioners to file a motion to intervene in the pending PIL filed by Upadhyay.

The plea by Updhyay, says that the 1991 law creates an “arbitrary and irrational retrospective cut-off date” of August 15, 1947 to preserve the character of a place of worship or sanctuary against aggression by “fundamentalists, barbaric invaders and lawbreakers”.

PIL talks about Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the 1991 Law deprive individuals or religious groups of the right to judicial remedy to reclaim their places of worship and should be repealed.


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