SC refuses to entertain PIL seeking rights for Hindus, others to manage their religious places like Muslims

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a PIL seeking for Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs the right to establish, manage and maintain their religious places like Muslims, Parsis and Christians, dubbing the petition a “publicity-oriented litigation”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said the matter fell within the legislature’s domain and the court will not like to enter it.

“Mr Upadhyay, file a proper petition. What are these prayers? Can these reliefs be granted? Withdraw this petition and file a petition with prayers which can be granted. File a petition which has some substance. This is all publicity-oriented litigation. This petition is not maintainable,” the court said.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay which also sought a uniform code for religious and charitable endowments and referred to the control of government authorities over Hindu temples across the country, unlike people of certain religious faiths who are allowed to manage their own institutions.

The plea filed through advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey submitted that the right to manage institutions conferred under Article 26 is a natural right for all communities.

But Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs have been denied this privilege, said the petition, adding approximately four lakh of around nine lakh Hindu temples across the country are under government control.

Besides Upadhyay’s plea, the apex court also refused to entertain Hindu seer Swami Jeetendranand Saraswatee’s petition seeking similar directions.

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