‘Don’t want particular community to be targeted for COVID spread’: SC no to Muharram Procession

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SC no to Muharram Procession
SC no to Muharram Procession

Last week, the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court had commented that the members of Tablighi Jamaat were made “scapegoat” and that the action against them was an “indirect warning to Indian Muslims” after the anti-CAA protests.

SC no to Muharram Procession

The Supreme Court Thursday declined permission for carrying out Muharram procession, saying a general direction for the entire country would lead to chaos and may result in a particular community getting targeted for spreading coronavirus, news agency PTI reported.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian asked the Lucknow-based Shia leader Syed Kalbe Jawad to approach the Allahabad High Court with the limited prayer of holding the procession in Lucknow.

“You are asking for a general order and then if we allow this there will be chaos. Particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid. We don’t want that. We as a court cannot risk the health of all the people,” the bench, which heard the matter through video conferencing, said.

The apex court’s remark comes after the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court had last week commented that the members of Tablighi Jamaat were made “scapegoat” and that the action against them was an “indirect warning to Indian Muslims” after the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

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