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SC stays Gujarat demolitions

May 04, 2006 16:30 IST
Last Updated: May 04, 2006 16:56 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Gujarat high court order directing authorities to remove all religious structures that were encroaching upon public spaces across the state without any discrimination.

The order to this effect was passed by a Bench comprising Justice Ruma Pal and Justice Dalveer Bhandari on an urgent plea made by the Centre during the mentioning hour seeking to stay the May 2 high court directions.

Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian said the high court had taken suo motu action based on a newspaper
report without verifying the facts.

Quoting Home Ministry report, he said situation in Vadodara was tense after the violence and army had staged a flag march in the riot-affected areas.

Vadodara was hit by the violence after the demolition of a dargah.

The high court has treated as writ petition a news report published in a national daily highlighting various religious structures encroachingpublic places and had directed the authorities to take necessary action and reply by May 5.

The high court had pulled up the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority for being "silent spectators" regarding encroachments on public places by religious structures.

It had directed that encroachment causing traffic problems should be demolished zone wise or phase wise.

According to the news report, there were 1,200 temples and 260 Islamic shrines encroaching on public spaces, according to a survey conducted by AMC.

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Sir, its disgusting to know that the Hon. SC has given the judgement stating the demolition should be stopped. In future this has already been ...

Posted by RANKIT

Sub: Religion causing pain to common man

Today religion, rather than the lack of it, is causing more pain to the common man on streets. Just been through a traffic bottleneck at ...

Posted by kulmohan

Sub: Double Standards

I wonder where the supreme court and media went when the gujarat government was also demolishing temples. The gujarat govt. has demolished temples also but ...

Posted by RS


Well, it is sad that the Supreme court has stayed the demolition activity and made the High court and the local authorities responsible for the ...


Sub: Why stay on demolitions?

Sir, How does this make sense that the demolition or any kind of modification in a wide public interest is stopped because few people object ...

Posted by Suhas Kulkarni



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