JUH moves SC seeking intervention in plea against Places of Worship Act

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A Muslim body, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking intervention in a pending petition challenging the constitutional va-lidity of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.

The plea said that petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay has raised grounds which have already been considered and decided by the constitution bench of the top court.

Even if all the allegations of the petitioner are assumed to be true, it is nothing but seeking a cor-rection of historical wrongs, the Muslim body said.

“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 dis-agrees 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 pre-sent.

“In fact, this court categorically held that this court cannot entertain claims from actions of the Mughal rulers against Hindu Places of Worship in a court of law today,” the plea said.

The organisation said there is no conflict between the Waqf Act and the Places of the Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 as alleged by Upadhyay as Section 7 of the 1991 Act gives it an overriding effect over other enactments.

“Further, in any event, the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act,1991 being a special vehicle act to preserve the secular fabric of the country will in any event take precedence over a general enactment,” it added.

“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,” the plea said.—INP