New Delhi, July 16: The Supreme Court today sought the central government’s stand on a plea filed by the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Board of Waqfs, Syed Waseem Rizvi, seeking a ban on green flags with crescent and star, resembling national flag of Pakistan.
A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, to seek instructions from the government on the issue and fixed the matter for hearing after two weeks.
Supreme Court seeks reply from the government on the PIL filed by Wasim Rizvi seeking ban on green flags with crescent and star, resembling national flag of Pakistan.
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“Take instructions on what’s the stand of the government. Sometime it would be difficult for the government… They would be blamed they are taking action mala fide. Now the matter is with the court, they can take instructions,” the bench stated.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by the Syed Waseem Rizvi, alleging that the flags hoisted resembled the flags of the Pakistan Muslim League, which belongs to Pakistan.
Senior advocate S.P. Singh, counsel of Rizvi, told the bench that during petitioner’s visit to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Karnataka 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 claimed that the crescent star flags in green colour owes its origins to the erstwhile political party, Muslim League, floated by Nawaz Waqar Ul-Malik and Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1906. But in the present day, it was being used by Indian Muslims who were treating it as an Islamic flag.