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SC junks plea seeking removal of some Quran verses, Kashmir hails judgment

Syed Waseem Rizvi-The Dispatch
Waseem Rizvi, former Chief of the Shia Waqf Board (Source: Indian Express)

Jammu: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a PIL which sought deletion of 26 verses from the Quran alleging that they violate the law of the land and promote extremism, Bar & Bench reported.

The bench also imposed costs of Rs. 50,000 on the petitioner Syed Waseem Rizvi, a former chairperson of Shia Central Board of Waqf, Uttar Pradesh, the report further added.

In this regard, people of Jammu and Kashmir hails judgment of Supreme Court.            

A citizen of Kashmir, Mohammad Amin terms Sayed Waseem Rizvi as Kafir. “Being  a Muslim he denied Quran . Even he will penalized by Supreme Court, but he has been dismissed by Islam. God will forgive people by ignoring small mistakes but he will not be forgiven by god,’ he told a J&K based News Channel.   

Another resident of Kashmir, Azad said “I have full faith on judiciary. This blasphemous act must be dismissed.”

He added that judgment will spread message that people like Waseem Rizvi should not attempt such act in future.    

After the plea was filed on March 11, there have been protests against Rizvi in several cities, and police complaints –– including one by a BJP leader in Jammu and Kashmir, and one in Bareilly in UP –– have been lodged against him.

While Rizvi often takes positions on contentious issues that align with the BJP, leaders from the ruling party, including former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, have condemned his latest move. “I strongly object to and condemn Wasim Rizvi’s petition seeking removal of 26 verses from Quran. It is my party’s stand that saying absurd things about any religious texts, including Quran, is a highly condemnable act,” Hussain said.

 

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