Jamiat Moves SC Seeking Intervention in Plea Against Places of Worship Act

New Delhi: The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has moved the Supreme Court seeking the dismissal of a plea which challenges the validity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act of 1991, a law that prohibits the conversion of any place of worship.

The petition against the Act was filed by Supreme Court advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The Muslim body’s petition said that entertaining the plea against the Act will open floodgates of litigations against “countless mosques in the country”.

Upadhyay was arrested in connection with the raising of anti-Muslim threats in the forms of slogans during a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar in August last year. He had claimed to have no connection with the organisation of the protest and the sloganeers and that the Delhi police framed him.

According to news agency ANI, the Muslim body in its application said, “There is a list of numerous mosques which is doing the rounds on social media, alleging that the mosques were built allegedly by destroying Hindu temples. Needless to say, that if the present petition is entertained, it will open floodgates of litigation against countless mosques in the country and the religious divide from which the country is recovering in the aftermath of the Ayodhya dispute will only be widened.”

“This court has categorically held that the law cannot be used as a device to reach back in time and provide a legal remedy to every person who disagrees with the course which history has taken and that the courts of today cannot take cognizance of historical rights and wrongs unless it is shown that their legal consequences are enforceable in the present,” it said.