Name of the Case
T. Wilson v. The District Collectors and Ors.
- A petition was filed before the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution for allowing Christian prayer services.
- The neighbours of the petitioners had filed a complaint against the practice of the petitioner as a result of which the respondents interfered in the practice.
- The petitioner raised the contention that the complaint raised against him has been made out by the neighbour who harboured communal feelings.
- The petitioner tried to bring up the importance group prayers for Christianity.
- The prayer meetings were not private rather attendees from other areas also were travelling to attend the prayers.
- The prayer services were Pentecostal prayer services under the “Word of God Ministries Trust” and imparted using mics and speakers.
- The Court referred to verses of the Bible and concluded that there is no verse that requires a specific manner of prayer.
Observation of the Court
- The Court held that the premises should only be used for the purpose of conducting prayer meetings.
- Also the petitioner has to seek permission according to law if he further wishes for conducting prayer hall services.
- Rule 4 (3) of the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Building Rules, 1997 prescribes for the person to obtain proper permission for conducting such a service.
- The Court condemned the actions of the petitioner stating that no religion takes a person away from truth so the petitioner being an ardent follower should not have done so.
- The right to religious practices though is a fundamental right but is not absolute and cannot be used infringing rights of others.
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