SC issues notice to Assam Govt on plea against HC verdict on state-funded madrassas

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to respondents, including the Assam Government on the plea against the Gauhati High Court verdict that state- funded Madrassas being government schools cannot impart religious instruction. The appeal challenges the decision that had in effect turned existing provincialized madrassas in Assam into regular government schools.

A bench of SC justices Ajay Rastogi and CT Ravikumar passed the order on the petition moved by a total of 13 persons through advocate-on-record Adeel Ahmed. Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde, advocates Adeel Ahmed and Abdur Razzaque Bhuyan argued in the matter for the petitioners. Senior Advocate Hegde, representing the petitioners, argued before the bench that the high Court decision was erroneous as it had equated provincialization with nationalization.

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