Lucknow Mosque Trustee turns to SC to oppose the PIL, which has challenged the provisions of the Place of Worship Act
A co-mutawalli from TellyWali Masjid in Lucknow has knocked on the doors of the Apex Court asking for his intervention in the pending Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by attorney and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay.
The complainant, Wasim Hasan, has alleged that the PIL is mischievous in nature in that it seeks to isolate the Muslim community from the other religious groups formed in India.
The complainant stated that the petitioner’s intention was to create a factual case of fundamentalists who came to India and destroyed places of worship. The complainant stated that this claim by the petitioner is not based on any source and contains no evidence of real-life incidents to prove the destruction of places of worship.
The complainant also pointed out that the petitioner’s plea had consistently centered on the rights of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists and had deliberately not discussed Muslims and Christians.
The complainant sought the opinion of the Apex court as to whether Muslims and Christians are really invaders and are viewed as less of a part of Indian territory.
The applicant also objected to the use of “pilgrimages” and “places of worship”, stating that these were used synonymously by the petitioner, although the fundamental meaning of the two could not be equated.
The complainant pointed out that the plea was aimed at reopening the Ramjanambhumi-Babri Masjid case, which had already been settled by the court.
Overall, the applicant stated that the petitioner’s plea seeks to violate the fundamental principle of secularism enshrined in the Indian Constitution, and that it also violates the state’s duty to grant historic sites under Article 49 and cultural heritage under Article 51a protect.