Close on the heels of admitting a PIL by Ashwini Upadhyay challenging the dubious Places Of Worship Act,1991 the Supreme Court bench led by CJI SA Bobde today issued notices to the centre on a PIL filed by senior BJP leader and former cabinet Minister, Dr Subramanian Swamy on the same matter.

Dr Swamy like Upadhyay has challenged the validity of Places Of Worship Act, 1991 that controversially froze the status of all places of worship or religious structures retrospectively as it existed on 15th August, 1947.

Given Dr Swamy’s approach of simply sticking to fundamental right to worship in an unapologetic manner and not shying away from raising uncomfortable truths about the history of Islam in India, his PIL challenging the highly discriminatory and arbitrary Places Of Worship Act would provide the strong legal arguments he brings on the table to help getting the Act invalidated.

Let us not forget that it was Dr. Swamy who stopped Sonia Gandhi’s huge bull dozers from breaking the pious Ram Setu, believed by devout Hindus to be built by Bhagwan Ram himself aided by Sugreev’s Vanar Sena.

Dr. Swamy also played a pivotal role in getting the Supreme Court to hear the Ramjanmabhoomi case on a day-to-day basis from the cold storage, remaining pending for over eight years in the Supreme Court. We all know that the day-to-day hearing fast tracked the Ramjanmabhoomi case and a verdict was pronounced in favour of a grand temple construction at the holy site in Ayodhya.

This petition challenging the Places Of Worship Act would pave way to help the removal of mosques built by barbaric bigoted Islamist Ruler, Aurangzeb, over Krishna Janmabhoomi site at Mathura and at Kashi Vishwanath by demolishing the ancient temples that stood there.

The Places of Worship Act arbitrarily barred litigation on any place of worship for change of its character as it existed in 1947, except the Ramjanmabhoomi case, which was decided by a constitutional bench of the Supreme Court in November 2019 clearing the way for construction of Ram Mndir at Ayodhya.

Dr Swamy’s petition file challenging the Places of Worship Act has been tagged along with Upadhyay’s PIL in the matter. The same bench headed by CJI SA Bobde had sent notices to the centre on the plea file by Upadhyay few weeks back.

Upadhyay’s petition stated that the Parliament cannot legalize the illegal action of invaders which infringes the religious rights of Hindus guaranteed under Article 25 of the Constitution of India.

The petition also stated that the Parliament cannot violate the fundamental right of Hindu devotees by restraining them from seeking judicial recourse to get back their religious places of worship.

Dr Swamy’s petition is a welcome step as it would add weightage to the petitions filed by Upadhyay and another petition filed by Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain for Vishwa Bhadra Pujari Purohit Mahasangh challenging the Places of Worship Act (which is still pending and notices have not been issued). Notably in the petition filed by Vishnu /Shankar Jain, the Jamiat Ulema-E-Hind had filed an impleadment application, demanding that the Supreme Court should refrain from even issuing notices on the matter and dismiss the petition challenging the Places Of Worship Act.

It is hoped that the Supreme Court hears the matter with an open mind and invalidates the highly contentious and discriminatory law infringing the Fundamental right of Hindus to worship and reclaim the holy ancient places of worship destroyed by bigoted Islamist invaders to build mosques on their debris.

News Input: Times Now.

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