New Delhi – Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has filed a petition in the Supreme Court to oppose the petition filed by a Hindu body, ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’ challenging a provision of the ‘Places of Worship Act 1991’ that provides for maintaining “religious character” of Holy structures as it existed on 15th August 1947s petition. Jamiat has said in its petition that the Court should not issue notices in the case filed by ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’. The case may prove detrimental to the secularism in the country, said Jamiat.
The petition by ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’ says it has challenged only the Section 4 of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and not the entire Act that assumes significance in the case of Kashi and Mathura where two disputed mosques stand. The Indian Parliament cannot prevent Hindus to restore them the religious character of Hindu endowments, temples, mutts, etc. through the judiciary.