SC grants Center 2 weeks to file response to pleas challenging places of worship law

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the Center two weeks to file its response on pleas challenging the validity of certain provisions of a 1991 law, which prohibits bringing a lawsuit to claim a place of worship or request a change in his character. of what prevailed on August 15, 1947. A bench of three judges led by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit allowed all applications, including the plea filed by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, to intervene in the hearing pleadings on the validity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991.

The bench, which also includes Justices S Ravindra Bhat and PS Narasimha, ordered the cases to be heard by a three-judge bench on October 11 and asked the parties to complete oral argument by then.

The Supreme Court, on March 12 last year, requested the Centre’s response to one of the pleas filed by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay challenging the validity of certain provisions of the law which provides for the maintenance of the status quo in this respecting the property and character of religious places as in force on August 15, 1947.

The petition alleged that the 1991 law created an “arbitrary and irrational retrospective deadline” of August 15, 1947 to maintain the character of places of worship or pilgrimage against the encroachment of “fundamentalist-barbarian invaders and lawbreakers”.

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