SC cites Hindus’ religious assets rights to counter Waqf Act critics | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay challenged various provision of Waqf Act and alleged that why only Muslims be allowed to manage properties when there was no law for other religious community, the Supreme Court on Monday reminded him that there are Hindu Endowments Act framed by many states on as per which only Hindus can manage and administer religious places and their assets.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Upadhyay contending that the Waqf Act was totally against the secularism, unity and integrity of the nation as the law was made to administer the properties of Muslims but there were no similar laws for followers of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jain-ism, Sikhism, Judaism, Bahaism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity.
As the petition also raised questions on the impartiality of the judicial officer who is part of the tribunal set up under law, Justice Joseph said that such contention was shocking as a judicial officer decides the case on the basis of law and asked senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the petitioner, whether he also believed so.

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