A 32-year-old Hindu man, looking for to transform to Islam, has moved the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom to direct Bharuch district authorities to expedite the method as greater than a yr has handed since he submitted an utility for a similar.
Petitioner Jignesh Patel’s lawyer MT Saiyad on Thursday stated Bharuch’s collector has withheld Mr Patel’s utility for greater than a yr, regardless of a sub-divisional Justice of the Peace’s inquiry report filed in February 2020 giving a beneficial opinion that he could also be granted permission for conversion.
In a latest order, Justice Bela Trivedi directed the district collector to determine on Mr Patel’s utility “as expeditiously as attainable”, ideally inside eight weeks.
“The applying looking for permission of the collector at Bharuch is pending for greater than a yr. The petition was filed to direct the collector to determine on the applying,” Mr Patel’s lawyer stated.
The sub-divisional Justice of the Peace’s report established that Jignesh Patel was not below strain to transform, as mandated within the state’s anti-conversion regulation, Mr Saiyad stated.
Mr Patel submitted his utility to the collector on November 26, 2019, with a declaration that he was not below strain or allurement for conversion.
The petitioner stated in his affidavit that he was interested in Islam and wished to transform.
He had been residing like a Muslim for six years observing fasts throughout Ramzan, providing namaz and following different rituals related to the faith, he stated within the affidavit.
His utility was even supported by one Imran Patel, the one that was to preside over the conversion, initially scheduled on January 1, 2020, however the collector by no means responded, Jignesh Patel stated in his plea earlier than the excessive court docket.
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