SC dismisses plea seeking entry of women into Mosques for prayers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a plea filed by the Kerala unit of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha seeking directions allowing entry of Muslim women into the Mosques for offering prayers.It upheld the Kerala High Court order which had said that the PIL was “motivated” and used for “cheap publicity”. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose dismissed the appeal against the Kerala High Court order. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Who are you? How are you affected? Let the aggrieved persons come before us,” the bench said. When petitioner Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, Kerala state president of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha tried to answer court’s question in Malayalam, the bench asked a counsel present in the court room to assist it by translating the language. The counsel translated for the bench that Swamy was a petitioner and he has challenged a Kerala high court order of October 11, 2018. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedTo this, the bench said that Kerala High Court has noted in its order that media reports were there even before the PIL was taken up for hearing and it appears to be a “motivated” petition, apparently meant for “cheap publicity”. “We do not see any merit to interfere with the high court order. The petition is dismissed,” the bench said. The high court, while dismissing the petition, had said: “The writ petition does not disclose material that would suggest that there is an established practice whereby Muslim women are being denied entry into masjids (Mosques). “A petition alleging violation of fundamental rights must indicate the nature of the right that is allegedly breached, the factual components of such right, as also the action that resulted in its breach.” It said that the averments in the writ petition do not suggest that the petitioner was a person who should be ordinarily concerned with the rituals and practices of the Islamic religion and, in particular, the alleged denial of entry to Muslim women in Mosques. The high court also noted that the PIL had attracted media attention as a report regarding filing of the petition had appeared in the print media even before the matter was taken up for admission before the Court. “We suspect therefore that this PIL is motivated by a desire of the petitioner for cheap publicity. We are of the view that the proceedings under Article 226 of the Constitution of India cannot be permitted to be misused for such purposes,” the high court said.last_img read more

GM recalls Chevrolet small SUVs suspension welds can break

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling more than 107,000 small SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a suspension weld can break and cause steering problems.The recall covers the 2015 through 2018 Chevrolet Trax.Documents posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an improperly welded joint can break, increasing the risk of a crash.It’s an expansion of a recall from April that covered the 2017 through 2019 model years.Dealers will inspect the left and right front lower-control arms and replace them if needed. No date has been set for the recall to begin.The Associated Press