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Supreme Court Dismisses Wazim Rizvi's Plea seeking removal of 26 verses from Holy Quran with Rs. 50,000 in costs [Read PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 13 Apr 2021 10:07pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Supreme Court Dismisses Wazim Rizvi's Plea seeking removal of 26 verses from Holy Quran with Rs. 50,000 in costs [Read PIL]

The Supreme Court on Monday, April 12, 2021, dismissed a Writ Petition filed by Former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Wasim Rizvi seeking removal of certain verses from the Holy Quran that are allegedly preaching violence against non-believers.

A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman dismissed the writ petition claiming, "this is an absolutely frivolous writ petition". Additionally, The Court has also imposed Rs. 50000/- as costs on the petitioner for filing the petition.

Quoting, "My submission is that these preachings advocate violence against non-believers. Children are kept in captivity at madrasas at a tender age. Students are not to be indoctrinated. These preachings cannot be in the market place of ideas. I have written to the Central Government for action, but nothing has happened...Senior Advocate R K Raizada, appearing for Rizvi, replied that he was confining the prayer to the regulation of Madrassa education. He submitted that the literal interpretation of certain verses preached violence against non-believers, and therefore teaching them can lead to the indoctrination of children.

The bench, not at all inclined to entertain the matter proceeded to dismiss it with Rs 50,000 costs, after terming the petition 'absolutely frivolous'. The plea filed by Syed Wasim Rizvi impugns 26 verses from the Quran which he states are used as "justifications" by Islamist Terrorist Groups for attacks on non-believers/ civilians.

The plea states,

"On account of the verses of Holy Quran, (more particularly described in the Writ Petition), the religion of Islam is drifting away from its basic tenets with a fast pace and nowadays is identified with… Continue Reading...


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