The Supreme Court of India, on Monday, dismissed former Uttar Pradesh Shia waqf board chairman Wasim Rizvi’s petition seeking removal of 26 verses of the Quran, Live Law has reported.
The bench also imposed costs of Rs. 50,000 on the petitioner.
“Are you pressing the petition? Are you seriously pressing the petition?”, Justice Nariman asked Rizvi’s counsel.
Rizvi, in his PIL, had alleged that the 26 verses “promote violence”, and were not part of the original Quran, but were added in later revisions, and should hence be removed from the holy book.
Rizvi’s move to file the petition in the top court drew backlash from several Islamic clerics and organisations across India.
Protests were held against Rizvi in several cities, and police complaints –– including one by a BJP leader in Jammu and Kashmir, and one in Bareilly in UP –– have been lodged against him.
Leaders from the ruling BJP, including former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, have also condemned Rizvi’s move.
“I strongly object to and condemn Wasim Rizvi’s petition seeking removal of 26 verses from Quran. It is my party’s stand that saying absurd things about any religious texts, including Quran, is a highly condemnable act,” Hussain said, as quoted by the Indian Express.