Places of Worship Act: SC gives Centre 2 weeks to reply; 3-judge bench to hear matter on Oct 11

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The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Centre over petitions challenging the Places of Worship Act, 1991, and asked it to file its response within two weeks. The Court said a three-judge bench would hear the matter on October 11.

A day before the hearing, representatives of the erstwhile royal family of Kashi had approached the top court challenging the Places of Worship Act, 1992, and urging the court to permit them to become parties in writ petitions on the issue so that they can present their arguments in law.

“Centre granted two weeks time to file a reply, rejoinder a week thereafter. Host of applications seek impleadment, considering nature of controversy we allow these applications and allow them to intervene in this matter,” the court said, reported Bar & Bench.

The application by Maharaja Kumari Krishna Priya, daughter of the current titular head of the erstwhile royal family, and two others has contended that the 1992 Act is a “textbook instance of a legislation that was passed in the most undemocratic of manners possible, without any regard for fundamental rights of affected parties, in particular the right of formerly colonised indigenous communities to seek reclamation of occupied religious cum civilisational sites”.

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