SC imposes ₹50,000 fine on Rizvi’s plea to delete 26 Quran verses calls it an “absolutely frivolous” petition

The Supreme Court on Monday heard a plea which sought deletion of 26 verses from the Quran based on their extremist and violative nature as per the petitioner.

The petition was filed by the former UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi, in which he stated that Islam is based on the concepts of equality, forgiveness and tolerance but due to extreme nature of some verses, the ideologies of the religion are being shifted from the basic tenets.

A bench of Justice R F Nariman, B R Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy rejected the petition calling it absolutely frivolous, the court while giving a caution asked Rizvi’s lawyer, RK Raizada, if he would still want to argue the petition and choose to press upon the same.

To which Raizada submitted that the petition focuses on the indoctrination of children in madrassas, which have remained unregulated. He further contended that the verses that have been cited are not protected under Article 25 of the Indian Constitution and are often used by organizations to promote terror and hatred.

An FIR was registered in Bareilly against Rizvi for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims last month and protests were made against such an action.

The bench in a brief hearing expressed it’s displeasure at the contentions of Rizvi and dismissed the petition while imposing a monetary fine of ₹50,000.

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