Bombay High Court permits opening of two Jain temples for five days on account of Diwali

11 nov 2020

Bombay High Court permits opening of two Jain temples for five days on account of Diwali

A Vacation Bench of Justice SK Kathawalla and Abhay Ahuja of the Bombay High Court authorized two Jain temples to remain open from November 13 to 17 from 6 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm with no more than eight people present at a time for 15 minutes in the temple hall.
TAKL Gyan Mandir Trust and MRC Trust filed a plea seeking the opening of the two temples managed by them during Diwali.
Their Advocate highlighted that the temples would make sure that there is physical distancing during Diwali and stated that the Government had opened malls and restaurants to support the economy, and temples contribute to the economy too.
He also reminded the Court of the time dining halls were allowed to open for performing religious rituals.
However, Advocate General AA Kumbhakoni said that if courts grant leave to open Jain temples for Diwali, it would be discriminatory towards all communities not allowed to open their place of worship.
The Court concluded that if two temples are allowed to open in strict compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), there would be no injury or discrimination.