Muslims challenge Centre's decision
PTI[ WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2003 10:49:58 AM ]
JABALPUR: A group of Muslims have filed a writ petition in the Madhya
Pradesh High Court here challenging the order of the Centre and the state
government to open the controversial Bhoshala shrine.
The 85-page petition contended that a mosque could not be used for any other
purpose according to principles and tenets of Islamic law.
"But Union of India and superintending archaeologist along with Madhya
Pradesh government... arbitrarily and capriciously attempted and ostensibly
converted the said mosque into puja ghar and also without the consent and
concurrence of the Muslim denomination of Dhar so that with the passage of
time the character of the said mosque could be converted to a different
desired goal and purpose inconsistent with its long-standing existing
character," the petition said.
Challenging the Madhya Pradesh government's April 7 order, the petition said
it was "bad in law to permit Hindu community to a right of access and
therefore deserved to be annulled".
"The impugned order of April seven last permitting Hindu community access
for holding traditional ceremonies" on the occasion of Basant Panchmi every
year was "vague and inconsistent," it said.
The petition said the government order constituted "not only a flagrant
violation of the Indian Constitution but also utter transgression of Ancient
Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958 and of Places of
Workship (Special Provisions) Act 1991.
The petition was filed two days ago and is yet to be listed for preliminary