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UP Govt seeks review of ruling on Muslims

State CM Yadav calls the judgement "very unfortunate" and expresses his resolve to try and get the order revised.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2007 18:28 IST

Uttar Pradesh government on Friday filed a review petition in the Allahabad High Court against its ruling that Muslims cannot be treated as a religious minority in the state. Advocate General SMA Kazmi filed the review petition in the High Court.

In a landmark judgement, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday held that Muslims cannot be treated as a religious minority anymore in Uttar Pradesh.

Justice SN Srivastava gave the ruling after considering various criteria including the population of Muslims as enumerated in the census reports of 1951 and 2001.

Terming the ruling as "unfortunate", Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday said that his government would file an appeal against the High Court order. "This judgement is a very unfortunate one...We will definitely appeal and get the order revised," he said.

The court said the UP government should treat members of the Muslim community as equal to those belonging to the non-minority communities without discrimination in accordance with law.

The judgement was given on a writ petition filed by a Madarsa of Ghazipur district, challenging out of turn grant-in-aid to certain other minority institutions.

The court also asking the UP government to treat all Muslim institutions applying for grant-in-aid at par with non-minority institutions without any discrimination.

The judgement, which is likely to cause polarisation among political parties, comes two days ahead of the first phase of the crucial Assembly elections in UP starting on Saturday.

First Published: Apr 06, 2007 12:03 IST