Thursday, March 4, 2010

Anti-mosque PIL angers Bombay high court -

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    • Mayura Janwalkar / DNA
    • An upcoming mosque in a predominantly Hindu locality in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, has spurred its residents to challenge its construction in the Bombay high court. The court, however, peeved by the myopic religious sentiments, said, “This intolerance has to go. Either we should all live together, or pack our bags and leave.”
    • Kadu’s advocate GN Salunke told the court on Wednesday that no Muslim family resides in the 1-km radius around the mosque site, and only 331 live in the further vicinity. “If the mosque is allowed to be constructed, there is every possibility of encroachment on public open spaces in the locality by Muslim encroachers, which may adversely affect the development of the city,” the PIL states. To which, justice FI Rebello asked, “So minorities cannot have their own place of worship?”
    • Justices Rebello and JH Bhatia have now directed Cidco to file an affidavit, and submit a map of the areain two weeks. The court also told Salunke and the Cidco counsel to come up with a workable solution to the problem. “How long are we going to keep fighting?” justice Rebello said.

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