Eid-e-Milad: HC notice to Tapi SP over denial of nod for procession

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Tapi district SP to file reply on a petition moved by a local Muslim religious organisation which challenges the SP's decision to deny permission to carry out religious procession on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad on January 14. A single-judge bench of HC comprising Justice A J Desai has passed an order in this regard and kept it for further hearing on January 10.

The petitioner religious group has been identified as Madintul Ulum Ehle Sunnat Val Jamaat which moved the petition through its general-secretary Annu Hamid Shaikh. According to the petitioner, they had moved an application before Tapi SP on December 18, seeking permission for carrying out religious procession on January 14 in Vyara town on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad. However, the petitioner added, the SP refused permission on the ground that the local majority community had raised objection to granting such permission.

Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, lawyer Subramaniam Aiyer argued that every citizen, irrespective of any religion, caste or creed, has a fundamental right under the Constitution to celebrate the religious festival and participate in religious procession. He further argued that such a valuable right could not be denied on a whimsical ground that another community had raised an objection to it.

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