SC asks Centre to accommodate 1,965 pilgrims for Haj in age group of 65 to 69

NEW DELHI: Muslims aged between 65 and 69 years, who are fifth time unsuccessful applicants for Haj pilgrimage, have a reason to rejoice as the Supreme Court today directed the Centre to accommodate 1,965 such people for travel to Mecca this year.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also held that its order would also apply to the sixth time or more than sixth time unsuccessful applicants falling in the same age group.

“We direct that the persons who come within the age group of 65 to 69 years and are not successful in going on pilgrimage even once, despite applying for fifth time or more, shall also be covered,” the bench said.  (AGENCIES)