On Thursday Supreme Court refused the plea for the Muharram procession across the country.
“If we allow this across the country , there will be chaos and one particular community will be targeted for spreading Covid,” the court said.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by Syed Kalbe Jawad from Uttar Pradesh, who cited the June order permitting the Rath Yatra festival in Odisha.
The Chief Justice said, “You are referring to the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, that was at one place and one set route. In that case, we could assess the risk and pass orders. The difficulty is you are asking for a general order for the whole country.”
“We cannot risk the health of all people. If you had asked for one place, we could have assessed the risk.” He further added.
Supreme court expressed the concern about how difficult it is to grant the particular permission and said even the state governments were not a party to the petition.
The petitioner Syed Kalbe Jawad asked for permission in Lucknow. He said that a large number of Muslims of the Shia community living in the UP capital.
Notably, Religious gathering and processions are banned in the country since March amid the Pandemic.
However, the Supreme Court declined the permission for Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra at first saying “Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we allowed the rath yatra.” but it later permitted the rath yatra.
Similarly, The court allowed Jains to visit any one of three temples in Mumbai as part of festivities surrounding the eight-day Paryushan festival.
According to Court, Prayers could be allowed as long as the safety norms are followed.
“We were forgiven by Lord Jagannath, we will be forgiven again,” the Chief Justice had said.
However, the Supreme court asked the petitioner to go to the Allahabad High Court for permission. Besides the Chief Justice, the bench included Justices AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian.