New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday dismissed the petition filed by former chairman of Shia Waqf Board, Syed Waseem Rizvi seeking to remove 26 verses of ‘Holy Quran’ for violating the laws of the land and allegedly promoting extremism and terrorism. SC also slapped a fine of Rs. 50,000 on him for filing the frivolous petition before it and misusing the SC’s precious time.
“It is an absolutely frivolous petition.” a bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman said. The bench also included justices BR Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy.
Rizvi, in his petition, had alleged that certain verses in the Quran are a threat to the sovereignty, unity and integrity of the country. He has sought a declaration from the Court to hold those versus unconstitutional, non-effective and non-functional.
The plea also sought directions to appoint a committee of religious experts to get an opinion on these verses, besides seeking the Central government’s policy on the issue.
Last month, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) had issued a notice to Rizvi asking him to withdraw his comments on Quran failing which, it said, it will hold a hearing and direct authorities to take appropriate legal action against him.
The NCM had further observed that the remarks made by Rizvi appeared to be a well-thought conspiracy to disturb the communal harmony of the country.