Petition against Muslim League, AIMIM seeking ban on use of religious names, symbols withdrawn

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition filed by former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board, Syed Waseem Rizvi (alias Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi), seeking action against the political parties Muslim League and All India Majlise Ittihadul Muslimeen for using religious names and symbols.

As a result, Rizvi withdrew the petition.

The court did not respond positively to the demand made in the petition. Following this, stating that a similar petition was pending before the Delhi High Court, the plea was withdrawn.

Earlier, the Muslim League had argued that 27 other political parties, including Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal, may be made parties to the case.

The plea was filed by Rizvi, who converted to Hinduism in 2021, seeking to enforce the mandate of Section 29A, 123(3) and 123(3A) of the Representation of People's Act and direct the Election Commission of India to cancel the registration of names and symbols of the parties that associate religion with it. When Rizvi was asked to name the organisations, he mentioned IUML and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

Senior advocate Dushyant Dave and advocate Haris Beeran who appeared for IUML argued that the case may be dismissed since all the political organisations were not made parties to it. Senior advocate KK Venugopal who appeared for AIMIM stated that a similar plea was under consideration by the Delhi High Court.

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