New Delhi, July 6: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on government land or property in a secular State like India. A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Indu Malhotra framed the question and referred the petition filed by an organisation – Jyoti Jagran Mandal – to the Chief Justice of India for setting up of a larger bench.Also Read - CBSE Private Students’ Parents File Review Petition in Supreme Court, Seek Cancellation of Class 12 Board Exams

The organisation has moved the top court after being denied permission by civic authorities to hold ‘Jagran’ and ‘Mata ki Chowki’ at a park in south-west Delhi here. Also Read - 108-year-old Man Dies Before SC Agrees to Hear Land Dispute Case He Filed Over 50 years ago

While hearing the petition, the bench said the issue was related to an important question whether such religious functions can be allowed on public properties in view of the fact that India is a secular nation. Also Read - Kerala Extends Coronavirus Curbs by Another Week After SC's Rap on Easing Restrictions For Bakrid

The organisation, in its appeal, has said that earlier the National Green Tribunal had allowed it to perform religious activities at Chanchal Park in Lajwanti area of Mayapuri here. However, later the permission was withdrawn that forced the organisation to hold the religious function on road.

The organisation was represented by advocates Fuzail Ayyubi and Isha Bhardwaj.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.