The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh is considering a significant move—contemplating a ban on the sale of Halal-certified products within the state. This decision comes in the wake of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s concerns about the sale of Halal-certified vegetarian items such as oil, soap, and toothpaste.
Taking a firm stance, the Chief Minister has directed officials to take stringent action, leading to the lodging of a First Information Report (FIR) against institutions providing Halal certifications to various products.
Recently, the Lucknow Police Commissionerate initiated an FIR against entities including Halal India Private Limited from Chennai, Jamiat Ulema Hind Halal Trust from Delhi, Halal Council of India from Mumbai, and Jamiat Ulema Maharashtra, among others. The FIR, filed under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 120B, 153A, 298, 384, 420, 467, 468, and 505, alleges illegal sale and certification of products based on Halal standards.
The complainant, Shailendra Sharma, asserts that these institutions unlawfully sell products with Halal certificates to customers of a specific religious affiliation, profiting from this practice. The FIR accuses these entities of fraudulent certification and monetary exploitation.
According to Sharma’s complaint, the institutions lack the authority to issue such certificates and are suspected of using the generated revenue for activities that are deemed anti-national.
An official spokesperson representing the Uttar Pradesh government emphasized Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s strong condemnation of this alleged illegal activity. The spokesperson cited concerns that the issuance of Halal certificates is detrimental to communal harmony in the country, potentially aiding anti-national elements.
The developments around the ban on Halal-certified products have sparked debates regarding religious certifications, economic practices, and their perceived impact on societal cohesion. While the move is purportedly aimed at maintaining harmony, it has raised questions about religious freedoms and economic regulations.
The Yogi government’s stance on the sale of Halal-certified products signifies a significant step in the ongoing discourse about religious practices intersecting with commercial activities in India.
As the controversy unfolds, stakeholders await further actions and deliberations from the Uttar Pradesh government, anticipating the potential implications of this proposed ban on Halal-certified products within the state.