Allahabad High Court Issues Notice To UP Govt. On Pleas Challenging Love Jihad Ordinance; Posted For Hearing On Jan 7 

On Friday notices were issued by the High Court of Allahabad regarding a bunch of PILs which were challenging an Ordinance introduced to the public in November by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh to put a stop to religious conversions under the pretext of ‘Love Jihad’, called the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. January 7, 2020 is the next date of the hearing and before this date the High Court Bench comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal had asked the Government of UP to file a counter affidavit. The last date to file this is January 4, 2020 and a rejoinder’s affidavit could be filed by 6th January. However, a stay order wasn’t granted. Fundamental Rights such as right to choice and right to changed faith were being infringed by this Ordinance. This Ordinance is said to violate Article 14, 15, 21 and 25 of the Constitution of India and antithetical to the authoritative pronouncement of a Division Bench of the High Court in the Salamat Ansari case. Under Article 213 there were no appropriate grounds to have passed this Ordinance also there was no urgency, this was pointed by the petitioners. (i) Advocate Saurabh Kumar, represented by Advocates Devesh Saxena, Shashwat Anand and Vishesh Rajvanshi; and (ii) Ajit Singh Yadav, represented by Advocate Ramesh Kumar are the writ petitioner in this case. Advocate General Manish Goyal represent the state in this case. 

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