MP govt to challenge HC’s interim relief for interfaith marriage without telling District Magistrate

The BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government will move to Supreme Court to challenge the high court’s interim order restricting the prosecution of interfaith couples, married without informing the district magistrate, PTI reported.

Earlier this month, A division bench of Justices Sujoy Paul and PC Gupta directed the state government not to prosecute under section 10 of the MP Freedom of Religion Act (MPFRA) adults who solemnise the marriage of their own volition.

High Court observed that the section is “unconstitutional”.

“The state government is going to move the Supreme Court to challenge the high court’s interim order, which restrains it from prosecuting under section 10 of the MPFRA adults who solemnise their marriage on their own volition,” Advocate General Prashant Singh told PTI.

The high court’s interim direction came on a bunch of seven petitions challenging provisions of the MPFRA 2021.

The court had granted three weeks to the state government to file its para-wise reply to the petitions and said that the petitioners may file a rejoinder within 21 days thereafter.