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Muslims no more a minority in UP: HC

Allahabad, April 5
In a landmark judgement the Allahabad High Court today held that Muslims could not be treated as a religious minority anymore in Uttar Pradesh.

Justice S.N. Srivastava gave the ruling after considering various criteria, including the population of Muslims as enumerated in the census reports of 1951 and 2001.

The judgement, which is likely to cause polarisation among political parties, comes two days ahead of the first phase of the crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh starting on Saturday.

The court said the state government should treat members of the Muslim community as equal to those belonging to the non-minority communities without discrimination in accordance with law.

The judgement was given on a writ petition filed by a madarsa of Ghazipur district, challenging out of turn grant-in-aid to certain other minority institutions.

The court also asked the state government to treat all muslim institutions applying for grant-in-aid on a par with non-minority institutions without discrimination.

Justice Srivastava also issued a notice to the Centre and the state government to take appropriate steps to modify an October 23, 1993, notification issued by the Central Government on grant of minority status.

Allowing the writ petition challenging out-of-turn grant-in-aid to certain institutions, Justice Srivastava took note of the petitioners’ allegations of corruption. The judge directed the UP Chief Secretary to initiate an inquiry into the allegations and said it should cover all the orders passed since 2003 recognising institutions for grant-in-aid. — PTI

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