‘Ensure India doesn’t turn Islamic’: Meghalaya HC judge urge PM Modi

NEW DELHI: A Meghalaya High Court judge triggered a controversy after he wrote a judgment urging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘ensure’ that ‘India doesn’t turn another Islamic country.’

The judgment delivered by Justice S.R. Sen on Monday while disposing of a petition relating to the refusal of Domicile Certificate to an army recruit.

Justice Sen said that India was one of the largest kingdoms of the world, ruled by Hindu kings but the “Mughal came to India and captured the different parts” of the country.

The judge further went and said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was “defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out which is very sad.”

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“Even today, in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered as foreigners, which in my understanding is highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice,” the judge said in the judgment.

The judge has observed that he has faith in Modi that he will protect India from becoming another Islamic country. He also urged Modi to enact laws to allow non-Muslims living in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to come to India and take Indian citizenship.

“I make it clear that nobody should try to make India as another Islamic country, otherwise it will be a doomsday for India and the world. I am confident that only this government under Shri Narendra Modiji will understand the gravity, and will do the needful as requested above and our chief minister Mamataji will support the national interest in all respect,” Economic Times quoted Justice Sen’s 37-page order, as saying.

In a sharp retort, Asaduddin Owaisi, the Lok Sabha lawmaker from Hyderabad said, “What sort of judgment is this? Will, the judiciary and the government take note of this?”

“India will not become an Islamic country. India will remain a plural and secular country,” Mr. Owaisi told news agency IANS.