Failing to get nod for religious conversion, Guj man moves HC

Failing to get nod for religious conversion, Guj man moves HC

Ahmedabad, Jan 14 (PT) A 32-year-old Hindu man seeking
to convert to Islam has moved the Gujarat High Court to direct
Bharuch district authorities to expedite the process, as he
has already waited for more than a year after submitting an
application for the same.

Petitioner Jignesh Patel”s lawyer M T Saiyad on
Thursday said Bharuch”s collector has withheld Patel”s
application for more than a year, despite a sub-divisional
magistrate”s inquiry report filed in February 2020 giving a
favourable opinion that he may be granted permission for
conversion.

In a recent order, Justice Bela Trivedi directed the
district collector to decide on Patel”s application “as
expeditiously as possible”, preferably within eight weeks.

“The application seeking permission of the collector
at Bharuchis pending for more than a year. The petition was
filed to direct the collector to decide on the application,”
Patel”s lawyer said.

The sub-divisional magistrate”s report established
that Patel was not under pressure to convert, as mandated in
the state”s anti-conversion law, Saiyad said.

Patel submitted his application to the collector on
November 26, 2019, with a declaration that he was not under
pressure or allurement for conversion.

The petitioner said in his affidavit that he was
attracted to Islam and wanted to convert to the religion.

He had been living like a Muslim for six years,
observing fasts during Ramzan, offering namaz and following
other rituals associated with the religion, he said in the
affidavit.

His application was even supported by one Imran Patel,
the person who was to preside over the conversion, originally
scheduled on January 1, 2020, but the collector never
responded, Jignesh Patel said in his plea before the HC. PTI
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