The Supreme Court has rejected a petition seeking permission to hold a Muharram procession in the country. The apex court directed the Lucknow-based petitioner to approach the Allahabad High Court with the petition.
The apex court, while considering the petition, asked how a public order could be passed across the country. A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna, and V Ramasubramanian heard the petition. The court ruled that this would create more problems targeting a particular category.
You are requesting a public order, which would be even worse if we allowed it. Kovid will target a special section to propagate. We are not ready for that. “As a court, we cannot endanger the health of the people,” the bench said.
The bench allowed the petitioner to withdraw the petition. The Supreme Court has asked the Lucknow High Court to allow the procession to take place in Lucknow as part of the prayers. The apex court heard a petition filed by Shia leader Syed Kalbe Jawad. The petition was considered through a video conference.