SC dimisses Wazim Rizvi’s plea seeking removal of 26 verses from Holy Quran

SC dimisses Wazim Rizvi’s plea seeking removal of 26 verses from Holy Quran

The bench was not at all inclined to entertain the matter and proceeded to dismiss it with Rs 50,000 costs, after terming the petition ‘absolutely frivolous’.

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

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A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman dismissed the writ petition observing, “this is an absolutely frivolous writ petition”.

The Court has also imposed Rs. 50000/- as costs on the petitioner for filing the petition.

When the matter was taken, Justice Nariman asked the counsel if he was serious about the petition.

“Are you pressing the petition? Are you seriously pressing the petition?”, Justice Nariman asked at the outset.

Senior Advocate 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 indoctrination of children.

“My submission is that these preachings advocate violence against non-believers. Children are kept at captivity at madras at 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.

Central Govt and Madrasa Boards may be called upon to ensure what steps are taken to avoid literal teaching of verses advocating violence”, Raizada submitted.

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The bench was not at all inclined to entertain the matter and proceeded to dismiss it with Rs 50,000 costs, after terming the petition ‘absolutely frivolous’.

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