Supreme Court dismisses Wasim Rizvi’s plea to remove verses of holy Quran, slaps penalty

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the Writ Petition filed by former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Syed Wasim Rizvi seeking removal of Quran verses.

A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman called it ‘absolutely frivolous writ petition’.

The Court has also imposed Rs. 50000/- as costs on the petitioner for filing the petition.

When the matter was taken, Justice Nariman asked the counsel if he was serious about the petition.

“Are you pressing the petition? Are you seriously pressing the petition?”, Justice Nariman asked at the outset, according to Livelaw network.

There was wide outrage after Rizvi filed the petition. Muslim scholars and Shia leaders rubbished Rizvi’s claims and distanced him.

Senior Advocate R K Raizada, appeared for Rizvi.

Raizada argued that certain verses preached violence against non-believers, and therefore teaching them can lead to indoctrination of children in Madarsa.

“My submission is that these preachings advocate violence against non-believers. Children are kept at captivity at madrasas at a tender age. Students are not to be indoctrinated. These preachings cannot be in the market place of ideas. I have written to the Central Government for action, but nothing has happened…Central Govt and Madrasa Boards may be called upon to ensure what steps are taken to avoid literal teaching of verses advocating violence”, Raizada submitted.

The plea filed by Syed Wasim Rizvi impugns 26 verses from the Quran which he states are used as “justifications” by Islamist Terrorist Groups for attacks on non-believers/ civilians.