Determining religious character of worship place not prohibited under Protection of Places Act: SC


A debate has broken out following the plea filed by five Hindu women seeking permission to worship idols within the Gyanvapi Mosque complex.

New Delhi, May 20: While transferring the Gyanvapi Mosque case to the District Judge, the Supreme Court on Friday made an important oral observation regarding the Protection of Places of Worship Act, 1991.

The Bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, S Kant and P Narasimha orally said that the process of determination of religious character of a place of worship is not prohibited under the Protection of Places of Worship Act. The civil judge who had ordered the survey had maintained that the Places of Worship Act does not bar ascertainment of religious character of a place. The SC today however was against the spirit of what the civil judge had observed.

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