Supreme Court seeks Centre's reply to Shia Waqf Board's plea to ban flags resembling PML(N) symbol
The plea alleged that the flags resembled the flags of the Pakistan Muslim League, which belongs to an 'enemy country.'
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to respond to the Shia Waqf Board chairman's plea seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and a star at buildings and religious places across the country.
A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the counsel for Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi to serve a copy of the petition to Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to enable him to file a reply on behalf of the Centre.
Rizvi, in his plea, has claimed that green flags with a crescent and a star are "un-Islamic" and resemble the flag of a Pakistani political party. He also claimed in his plea that during his visit to Mumbai and other places in the country, he saw flags on several buildings and religious structures, allegedly causing tension between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
The plea alleged that the flags resembled the flags of the Pakistan Muslim League, which belongs to an "enemy country." It claimed that the crescent star flags in green owe their origin to the erstwhile political party, Muslim League, founded by Nawaz Waqar Ul-Malik and Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1906. According to the plea, in the present day, it was being used by Indian Muslims who were treating it as an Islamic flag.
Such flags are being hoisted in Muslim-dominated areas with "utmost impunity", the plea said, claiming that the crescent and star in a green backdrop have never been part of any Islamic practice and do not have any role or significance in Islam.
The former home minister had challenged the Bombay HC order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh
The plea filed by advocate and BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also sought directions to ascertain the feasibility of appointing a committee to enact a legislation on religious conversions
The SC on 11 January had stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. The committee was given two months to study the laws and consult all stakeholders