HC asks state to justify honorarium to imams and not others
The affidavit of the state showed that the government decided to pay honorarium to imams under Article 282 of the Indian Constitution as they were poor and their children did not attend school due to poverty. The Division Bench asked the government why it did not consider the same for poor people belonging to the other communities. A lot of Padris or priests of other religious communities were also living in poverty, the Division Bench said.
In April last year the state government had announced to pay an honorarium or Rs 2,500 to imams of mosques across the state and about 30,000 imams would receive the amount from the state exchequer. The BJP had challenged the government’s decision in the High Court and the state had filed the affidavit. The state government has been given time till the next hearing to justify its decision in this regard.
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