new Delhi. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court sought response from the Center on a petition seeking the opening of all religious sites across the country, which are closed in the wake of the Corlone epidemic. A petition has been filed by Ahmedabad-based Religious Research Institute Gitartha Ganga Trust seeking to open places of worship in the country. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde along with Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramaniam issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The petition states that all religious places should be reopened with prescribed security measures.
Hearing the petition, the bench said it was keen to consider the possibility. The petition has been filed through advocate Surjendu Shankar Das. On August 21, the Supreme Court told the Maharashtra government that the apex court found it strange that the state was allowing activities related to economic interests, but the opening of the temples referred to Kovid-19.
Earlier, during the Paryushan festival in Mumbai, the Supreme Court gave conditional permission to open three Jain temples. The Jain temples at Dadar, Baikula and Chembur were allowed to open on 22 and 23 August. The Shree Pashvavatilak Shwetambar Pagan Jain Trust had moved the apex court against the Bombay High Court order of 14 August, which refused to allow prayers in temples during the Paryushan festival.