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HC notice to Gujarat govt on bail plea of man facing FIR for ‘hiding his religion’

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

Updated: November 11, 2020 1:21:24 am

The HC issued the notice to the state returnable for December 16, whereas directing that no coercive motion ought to be taken in opposition to Contractor within the interim.

The Gujarat High Court on Monday issued a notice to the state authorities on an anticipatory bail plea by a man facing an FIR over “hiding his religion” and “misusing his name” to promote his property underneath the Disturbed Areas Act and stayed any coercive motion till the following listening to.

Parsi Feroz Contractor moved the High Court after an FIR was filed in opposition to him following the sale of a plot of land within the Samarpan Housing Service Co-operative Society within the Tandalja space of Vadodara to Firoz Patel. The sale was carried out underneath acceptable provisions of the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Property and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premises in Disturbed Areas Act, 1991 or what’s popularly often known as the Disturbed Areas (DA) Act.

Manish Puranchandra Malhotra, who claimed to be the president of the housing service society, filed a criticism in opposition to Contractor at JP Road police station, underneath provisions of the Disturbed Areas Act and IPC sections pertaining to offering false info, breach of belief and forgery.

The FIR said that Contractor “despite being a Parsi, did not disclose his religion…” within the paperwork submitted earlier than the federal government authorities (district collector’s workplace) pertaining to the switch of plot to a Muslim. The FIR additionally alleges that Contractor “took advantage of his Muslim-sounding first name… to get permission (for transfer of property) under the Disturbed Areas Act”.

The HC issued the notice to the state returnable for December 16, whereas directing that no coercive motion ought to be taken in opposition to Contractor within the interim.

Contractor has already moved a plea earlier than the HC to quash the FIR, which awaits listening to.

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