Ahmedabad: With the Supreme Court ruling that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity, a defamation case has been filed against such a forum here for issuing a public notice in connection with a marital dispute.
In his complaint before the metropolitan magistrate's court, Yakubkhan Pathan alleged that a city-based Sharia court (Darul Qaza) summoned him and his son Firozkhan Pathan by putting out a notice in a newspaper.
The notice, dated June 13, warned that if they did not remain present, the court would dissolve Firozkhan's marriage with his wife Lubna Vohra.
Lubna has filed a divorce petition, as also a case of domestic violence against Firoz and his family.
Yakub claims in his defamation plea filed yesterday that the Sharia court had no legal right to issue such a notice, and it was published only to defame him and his family "in nexus" with Lubna.
It also adds that the Sharia court passed an illegal order asking Firoz to grant his wife divorce, which was "insult of Indian legal system".
The court would hear the defamation case on July 16. Yesterday, the Supreme Court said that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity and their rulings are not binding on