TDN World Desk:A prominent Muslim organisation Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind moved to Supreme Court opposing a plea filed by a Hindu organisation challenging a provision of a 1991 law that provides for maintaining the “religious character” of holy structures as it existed on August 15, 1947.
the development came after ‘Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh’- a hindu outfit-sought to open Kashi, Mathura temple disputes by challenging the validity of the Place of Worship Act, 1991.
Place of Worship Act,1991 does not allow to convert any mosque into a temple, or a temple into a mosque.The law permits the maintenance of “religious character” of holy structures in its form as it existed when India was partitioned on 15 August 1947.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind urged the apex court not to entertain the petition filed by Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh.
In an application to SC Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said,”“Even issuance of a notice in the present matter will create fear in the minds of the Muslim community with regard to their places of worship, especially in the aftermath of the Ayodhya dispute and will destroy the secular fabric of the nation,” Jamiat said in its intervention application filed on Saturday.
It said, as quoted by The Tribune: “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 Ayodhya dispute will only be widened.”