New Delhi: The Supreme Court docket on Thursday declined permission to carry Muharram processions throughout the nation throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S.Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian stated, “Cannot grant general directions….case different from Puri (Rath Yatra) or Jain temples, as they had identified areas of access.”
The bench reiterated that it’s not attainable to cross common path, as it is going to “create chaos and one particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid.”
The petitioner cited the orders of the highest courtroom within the Rath Yatra at Puri. The bench replied Puri case was one particular place the place the rath needed to go from one level to a different. “If it was one specific place, we can assess the danger and pass the order”, famous the bench.
The petitioner then cited the apex courtroom order giving permission to supply prayers in choose Jain temples in Mumbai. The bench replied that it was restricted to prayers. The courtroom additionally disallowed the petitioner to carry a procession in Lucknow. When petitioner stated Shias had been concentrated in Lucknow and permission be given there, the Supreme Court docket requested him to method the Allahabad Excessive Court docket.
On August 25, the Supreme Court docket took up a plea in search of permission to hold out Muharram processions in a restricted method within the backdrop of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian allowed the petitioner Sipte Mohammad to implead all 28 state governments as a celebration within the matter inside a interval of 4 weeks.
The petitioner had moved the highest courtroom in search of a path to permit the conduct of the mourning procession by the Shia Muslim group. Within the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions have been imposed on giant gatherings.
Wasi Haider, counsel showing for the petitioner, contended earlier than the bench that the permission is looked for the procession the place solely 5 individuals are allowed making certain that they observe the security norms.
The bench noticed that the petitioner has not made all of the state governments events within the matter. The state governments are empowered to implement the Centre’s tips underneath the Catastrophe Administration Act. The highest courtroom famous that it wanted to listen to the state governments earlier than it handed any order within the matter. The bench stated the procession would happen in numerous states and it can not cross orders with out listening to them.
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