The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a PIL filed by Ranjana Agnihotri seeking directions to protect the fundamental rights of the people of Mewat-Nuh District in Haryana as they are being “forcefully converted to Islam” and is in a pitiable condition compared to the “dominant Muslim group”.
A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, and Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy has refused to hear the PIL. “We are sorry that we can’t entertain this PIL based on newspaper reports,” said CJI Ramana.
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared on behalf of the petitioner submitted that Petitioners no 1 and 5 are advocates and personally visited the area. The petition prayed for the restoration of land, properties, cremation sites of Hindus and formation of an SIT to probe instances of gang rapes, murders, and kidnapping committed by “Muslims” upon the “Hindu residents of the place.”
It was alleged in the plea that after the establishment of Tablighi Jamaat, the Meo Muslims became fundamentalist and slowly they overpowered the entire area and at present, they are more than 95% in the area after eliminating Hindus from the area. The plea had sought the following relief –
a) Issue appropriate writ order or direction constituting a special investigating team (SIT) consisting of members from CBI and NIA under the supervision of retired Supreme Court Judge to make an investigation into the question of forceful conversion of Hindu residents, forceful and illegal execution of sale deeds of Hindus properties, rape of Hindu women and minor girls, the encroachment made on public land, the conditions of temples, religious places, and cremation grounds existing there and the role of concerned officers and police and slackness committed by them in discharge of their official duty;
b) Issue an appropriate writ order or direction directing the Central Government to deploy paramilitary forces in District Nuh Mewat to protect life and liberty of citizens;
c) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction directing to respondents to rehabilitate the exodus Hindus at their respective properties;
d) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction directing the respondents to nullify all sale deeds executed by Hindus in favour of Muslims in last 10 years under coercion and undue influence;
e) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction directing the respondents to restore all the temples, places of worship and cremation grounds in their original forms which have been encroached upon by any member of the society;
f) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction directing to make investigation and take action on the FIR lodged by Hindu community relating to murder, rape/ gang rapes, kidnapping, abduction , molestation and House trespass;
g) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction directing the respondents to make investigation in all the cases relating to murder, rape/gang rapes , kidnapping, abduction , molestation and House trespass on the basis of complaint being made by the victims;
h) Issue an appropriate writ, order or direction awarding suitable compensation to the victims or their family.