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Former BJP MP moves SC challenging validity of certain sections of Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act

A former BJP MP filed a Supreme Court challenge to the validity of specific sections of the Places of Worship Act (Special Provisions Act), 1991.

Chintamani malviya filed a plea challenging the constitutional validity sections 2, 3, and 4 of 1991 Act. He claimed that they violate principles of secularism.

Malviya is a Madhya Pradesh resident who submitted that the Act is null and unconstitutional for many different reasons.

It has sought a direction from the court to declare sections 2, 3, 4 of the 1991 Act as void and unconstitutional for being violative of fundamental rights so far as it seeks to validate “places of worship”, illegally made by barbaric invaders.

The plea claimed that the law violated fundamental rights to equality and non-discrimination as well freedom to practice religion. It also violated principles of secularism that are an integral part of both the Constitution’s Preamble and its basic structure.

The apex court has already heard several other pleas, including one filed to Ashwini Upadhyay challenging the validity of certain provisions in the 1991 Act.

Recenty, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind filed a plea to the top court asking for intervention in a pending case that challenged the constitutional validity sections 2, 3, and 4.

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