Allahabad HC Issues Notice in Plea Challenging New Anti-Conversion Law

On Friday, the Allahabad High Court issued notice to the UP government on a batch of PILs challenging the UP government’s new anti-conversion law, which was promulgated by the state government recently.

A division bench comprising Hon’ble Chief  Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Piyush Agarwal directed the UP government to file their counter affidavit by 04.01.2021, and the next hearing in the case has been fixed on 07.01.2021.

The Court also granted liberty to petitioners to file their rejoinder by 06.01.2020.

However, the Division Bench refused to grant any relief in the meantime.

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The main argument raised by the petitioners was that the new law infringes on the right of people to choose or change their faith as per their will.

It was also stated that the new ordinance citizens right under Article 14,15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution and antithetical to the judgment of the High Court in Salamat Ansari case.

The petitioners also submitted that there was no ground to exercise the law-making power under Article 213 of Constitution and the state government has also failed to show any unforeseen or very urgent situation to justify the new law.

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