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Supreme Court issues notice in PIL seeking reopening of places of worship amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Court said that it was issuing notice to examine the possibility of the prayer sought because the "situation is still very bad".

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today issued notice in a PIL seeking directions to allow the reopening of places of worship across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said that the Court is issuing notice to examine the possibility of the prayer sought because the "situation is still very bad".

The petition prays for permission to open up all religious places across the country that have remained closed or restricted for access due to the pandemic.

The petitioner, a public trust, has sought the re-opening of religious places in the country across all faiths in order to uphold the fundamental rights of the citizens, particularly of the devotees.

Since permissions had been given for opening up of various economic activities, it is discriminatory against religious institutions if they are not granted similar permission, the petition argues.

"In permitting businesses and commercial activities and prohibiting religious practices the States have weighed the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak with the 'reward” of the value of the business."

Petition filed before Supreme Court

The petition is filed through Advocate Surjendu Sankar Das.

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Gitarth Ganga Trust vs UOI.pdf
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