In secular state, Urdu teacher can’t be discounted just because Muslim population is less: Allahabad HC

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: The Allahabad High Court has observed that any particular language cannot be connected with any specific religion and Urdu as a language can be taught even in areas where there are few Muslims.

Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra made the observation while hearing a petition filed by one Sanover, an Urdu teacher in a government-aided school. She said she was removed from services citing the State Government’s policy which apparently allows for discontinuation of services of an Urdu Teacher if the Muslim population is below 20%.

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The court found that the state government’s policy is against the basic principles of a secular state. “In a secular State it would prima facie not be open to frame such policy and to discontinue an Urdu teacher only because the Muslim population is less,” observed the Allahabad High Court.

The court also asked the state government counsel to apprise it on the issue involved in the petition.

The court has fixed August 16 as the next date of hearing in the case.

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