Earlier on January 6, the Supreme Court refused to stay the controversial provisions of inter-religious marriage laws applicable in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. However, the court agreed to review the controversial laws.
The BJP-ruled states had announced a law making ‘Love Jihad’ a serious problem, in which laws on inter-religious marriage were enacted by the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Which was challenged in the Supreme Court.
A petition filed in the Supreme Court was said to challenge the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018. The petition was filed by lawyers Vishal Thackeray,Abhay Singh Yadav and law researcher Pranvesh, which states that the UP ordinance spoils the basic structure of the Constitution. At the same time, the petitioners argued that Parliament has no power to amend the Fundamental Rights and if this ordinance is enacted, it would harm the public at large and create a chaotic situation in society.