Saturday, February 20, 2016

GHIAL drags minorities panel to court over mosque issue

Hyderabad: The face-off between GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) and the State Minorities Commission (SMC), over a petition pertaining to the construction of a mosque on the airport premises, took a legal turn with GHIAL now dragging the minorities panel to the Hyderabad High Court.
As was previously reported in these columns, one Mohammed Riyaz had sought the SMC's intervention to construct a mosque on a land parcel within the airport premises as around 300 Muslim employees, including porters and taxi drivers, were forced to pray out in the open and in harsh weather conditions. Acting on his appeal, the commission had issued a show cause noti ce to GHIAL.
GHIAL, however, in a writ petition has now challenged the jurisdiction of the SMC and described the show cause notice issued on February 8 as illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional. It also contended that the notice was in violation of the fundamental rights of the company and sought an order to set aside all action of the commission in connec tion with the case, including the notice.
20/02/16 Times of India
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