Mamata's allowance to Imams unconstitutional, rules Calcutta HC

The Calcutta High Court declared the monthly allowances given to Imams and muezzins by the West Bengal government as unconstitutional.

hidden September 03, 2013 08:15:12 IST
Mamata's allowance to Imams unconstitutional, rules Calcutta HC

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday declared the monthly allowances given to Imams and muezzins by the West Bengal government as unconstitutional.

A division bench of Justices Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay and Murari Prasad Shrivastava made the observation while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mamatas allowance to Imams unconstitutional rules Calcutta HC

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

"We always believed that the move to pay monthly honorariums only to Imams was discriminatory and unconstitutional and the court today (Monday) upheld our contention," state BJP president Rahul Sinha said.

The Mamata Banerjee government last year had announced a monthly stipend of Rs.2,500 for the about 30,000 Imams in the state.

Following the announcement, the BJP filed the PIL challenging its legality.

Both the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Congress welcomed the court's verdict, saying it has foiled the "state government's move to discriminate between people on the basis of religion".

IANS

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Mamata says TMC govt is arranging free COVID vaccine for everyone in Bengal; priority will be given to healthcare workers, cops
India

Mamata says TMC govt is arranging free COVID vaccine for everyone in Bengal; priority will be given to healthcare workers, cops

Mamata's announcement of free vaccination comes ahead of the West Bengal Assembly election, which is likely to be held over April and May this year

Mamata Banerjee should introspect on BJP's rise in Bengal, says AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi
Politics

Mamata Banerjee should introspect on BJP's rise in Bengal, says AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

Owaisi, who was here to hold a meeting with Muslim cleric Abbasuddin Sidiqqui, rejected TMC's claims that his party was a "B-team of the BJP", and would eat into anti- saffron camp votes

JP Nadda to launch campaign to woo farmers during West Bengal visit on 9 January
India

JP Nadda to launch campaign to woo farmers during West Bengal visit on 9 January

The BJP chief will float the Ek Muthi Chawal (fistful of rice) project, under which party workers will collect rice from farmers’ homes and brief them about the new farm laws