Hearing a plea to open the places of worship in India, the Supreme Court of India, on Wednesday, September 9, asked the central government to come back with its responses. All the religious places in India were closed due to the increasing coronavirus pandemic.
The bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde issued the notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs and asked it to respond to the plea.
“We are issuing notice just to explore the possibility,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, in the proceedings held through video conferencing.
The plea was filed by an Ahmedabad based ‘Gitarth Ganga Trust’ where it sought permission to open the places of worship across India.
The plea said it has been filed with the “solemn and pious objective to protect the fundamental rights enshrined and guaranteed under the Articles 14, 19(1)(a) and (b), 25, 26 and 21, in particular, of the residents of India pertaining to the opening of the places of worship/religious places throughout India which have been prohibited/restricted at present by many of the states”.