The trust had moved the High Court seeking the permission in light of the order of the Maharashtra Government to close places of worship.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to permit the Juma Masjid of Bombay Trust to allow people to offer Namaz (prayer) at its mosque in Mumbai during the month long festival of Ramzan.
The request was vehemently opposed by the Maharashtra government saying that the situation is bad and such a request cannot be allowed. Having considered the contentions, the bench said that the state has already imposed several restrictions in view of the rising numbers of Covid19 cases.
Bombay HC denies permission to Juma Masjid Trust to allow 50 people to pray 5 times a day in its mosque
The vacation bench of the High Court was moved by the Juma Masjid Mosque Trust seeking permission to offer prayers in the mosque five times a day.
A Bench of Justices RD Dhanuka and VG Bisht refused to grant relief taking into account the growing number cases of COVID in the State.
The bench further noted the serious situation prevailing in the state owing to the surge in Covid cases. “The ongoing COVID19 situation in the state is serious and critical in nature and the safety of citizens is of paramount importance,” the bench said while dismissing the plea.
The plea came close on the heels of an order issued by the Maharashtra government on Tuesday evening imposing curfew, restricted movements and night lockdown in the State to combat the virus.
The order directed that places of worship would remain closed till May 1, 2021.