SC seeks centre’s view on PIL demanding ban on ‘Pakistan Muslim League’ like flag in India

New Delhi | Supreme Court on Monday asked the Central government for its opinion on the PIL filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board seeking a ban on hoisting of green flags with crescent and star, akin to that of Pakistan Muslim League atop buildings and religious places in the country.

The bench of Justice A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan told ASG Tushar Mehta to ‘Obtain instructions’ from the government within four weeks.

The PIL filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi stated that “Such flags are being hoisted in Muslim-dominated areas with utmost impunity” claiming that the crescent and star in a green backdrop have never been part of any Islamic practice and does not have any role or significance in Islam.

Rizvi further claimed in his plea that during his visit to Mumbai and other places in the country, he saw flags on several buildings and religious structures, which were allegedly a cause of tension between Hindu and Muslim communities.

The petition said that Pakistan, as an “enemy country”, has been responsible for a series of terror attacks on our country and promoting and propagating cross-border terrorism. “Hoisting of enemy flags by persons under wrong belief that it is a religious flag, require the immediate attention of the government agencies,” it claimed.

Rizvi further claimed that “Hoisting of Pakistan Muslim League Flags and other flags resembling the same are flags of a foreign country (enemy country) is not permitted in law and thus effects the fundamental rights of the petitioner and society at large.”

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