Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has rejected all petitions challenging the UP Conversion Ordinance. The High Court has dismissed petitions on the ground that the ordinance has become law. There is no justification for challenging the Ordinance once the Ordinance becomes a law. However, the court has asked the state government to respond to the conversion law.
In fact, the conversion ordinance was challenged in four separate petitions in the high court. Now that the law has been enacted, a bench of Justices M N Bhandari and Ajay Tyagi has turned down the petitions. It has also sought response from the government on petitions filed on the conversion law. The next hearing in the case will be on August 2. It may be recalled that in February this year the Conversion Bill was passed in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
According to this law, if you forcibly convert or have someone converted, this Bill provides for a punishment of up to 10 years. You will also have to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000 for this crime. According to the conversion law, if you are converting or getting someone converted, you will have to apply in advance and the DM will have to inform them about it and seek permission from them.