A Meghalaya High Court judge has courted controversy over his remark that “India should have been a Hindu nation”, while disposing off the plea of man who was denied a domicile certificate by the state government.
“Nobody should try to make India another Islamic country, otherwise it will be a doomsday,” Justice SR Sen’s order read.
The judge observed that he has faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he will protect India from becoming another Islamic country. He also urged PM Modi to enact laws to allow non-Muslims living in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to come to India and take Indian citizenship.
The comments garnered the ire of some of the leaders of the minority Muslim community with AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi terming the judgment as “unacceptable”.
The Member of Parliament from Hyderabad said the judiciary and the government should take note of this judgement as an attempt was being made to spread hatred.
Addressing a public meeting organised by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) late on Wednesday night, Owaisi said the judge who took oath on Indian Constitution can’t give such a wrong judgment.
“India will not become an Islamic country. India will remain a plural and secular country,” said Owaisi on Justice Sen’s reported observation that nobody should try to make India another Islamic country.
“What sort of judgement is this? Will the judiciary and the government take note of this,” he said.
The MP also advised Justice Sen to interpret the Constitution and not to beg Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah too retorted to Sen’s statement saying that “India is a secular country and will remain one”.
“We are a secular nation. Our forefathers made it a secular nation, and we must protect the secular character of this nation. It’s a question of unity in diversity,” he added.