Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 21
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed Jain group in Mumbai to carry Paryushan puja at three temples at Dadar, Byculla and Chembur on August 23 and 24.
A Bench led by CJI SA Bobde stated commonplace working process (SOP) and distancing protocols for COVID19 shall be adopted.
“We are of the view that if the petitioner will faithfully comply with the undertaking it would not be hazardous to permit the worship at these three temples—Dadar, Byculla and Chembur,” it stated.
“We must make it clear that our order, in this case, is restricted to the prayers to be offered at the three temples at Dadar, Byculla and Chembur, belonging to the petitioner trust and does NOT extend to any other trust or any other temple,” the Bench famous.
However, no congregations and prayers shall be allowed, it stated, including this permission was not a precedent for searching for permission for Ganpati pageant or every other ensuing spiritual festivals.
The choice about Ganpati pageant must be taken on a case to case foundation by the state catastrophe administration authorities, the highest court docket stated.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated the Centre did not have any objection to the comfort if the June four SOP on COVID-19 was adopted.
During the listening to, the Bench pulled up the Maharashtra authorities for allowing the opening of malls and different financial actions however not temples and different religions locations.
“They are allowing every activity that involves money but when it comes to temples they say there is COVID,” the Bench stated.
The Maharashtra authorities opposed the plea searching for course to it to allow devotees to go to Jain temples in Mumbai.
“We find it strange that they are willing to allow activities involving economic interests but if it involves religion, they cite COVID to say they can’t open,” the CJI commented.
On behalf of the petitioners, senior advocate Dushyant Dave submitted that he needed the court docket to permit entry of solely 5 devotees at a time with an higher restrict of 250 devotees on a specific day.
“If it is only five people, we don’t mind going beyond the Jain community and allowing same for Hindu, Muslim and other communities too”, the highest court docket stated through the listening to.
On behalf of the Maharashtra Government, senior counsel AM Singhvi stated the pandemic was spreading within the state and policing locations of worship for making certain adherence to COVID19 pointers can be troublesome.
“Who will take the responsibility”, Singhvi, himself a Jain, questioned.
“We were forgiven by Lord Jagannath, we will be forgiven again,” the CJI stated through the listening to.