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Rajasthan High Court directs concern authorities to take decision on illegal religious conversion in 3 months

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The Rajasthan High Court on March 30 directed the competent authority to decide the representation of the petitioner against illegal religious conversion of citizens of Ganganagar within a period of three months from the date of submission thereof.

The division bench comprising of Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Vinod Kumar Bharwani disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Pratap Singh Shekhawat alleging that private respondent (People belonging to the Christian faith) and Rajasthan Christian Council are indulging in illegal religious conversion of citizens of Ganganagar area and that illegal construction of religious place is being raised on agricultural land in violation of the Rajasthan Religious Building and Places Act 1954.

For fortifying this assertion, the petitioner has placed on record certain photographs in an attempt to establish that these lands are recorded as irrigated agricultural lands in the Jamabandi, but construction of religious places is being raised thereupon.

However the Court observed that  the photographs gave  no indication whatsoever that the building for religious purposes is being raised thereupon.

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While considering the PIL , the Bench is  of the firm view that the  petition has been filed with very vague assertions and involves seriously disputed questions of facts.

“Hence, the petitioner is given liberty to submit a representation to the competent authority along with a copy of this order for ventilating his grievances. It is expected that such representation shall be considered objectively and decided as per law by a reasoned order within a period of three months from the date of submission thereof. The writ petition is disposed of, accordingly”

-the order reads.

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