New Delhi [India], January 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central government to file an affidavit in the Haj subsidy matter while seeking the reason for withdrawing the concession. Also Read - UPSC Exam 2021: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates

The apex court adjourned the hearing in the case till February 19. Also Read - Mukesh Ambani's $3.4 Billion Deal With Future Group Stalled After Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Amazon Plea

On January 16, the Union Government scrapped the subsidy for the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Also Read - Supreme Court Asks RBI To Frame Regulations in 6 Months For Locker Facility Management in Banks

The Centre said that the funds would instead be used for the empowerment of minorities and providing education for Muslim girls.

However, the Opposition and several Muslim organisations had opposed the Centre’s decision. (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.