Apex Court offered ‘final chance’ to States and Union Territories over unauthorized religious structures

Supreme Court of India

New Delhi: The honourable Supreme Court of India, today on 19th April, pulled up the States and the Union Territories for their failure in complying with the directions of the Court to file the affidavits, in which the Court had sought them to state their steps taken for the removal of the illegal religious structures from the Public roads and Pavements.

While, so the Top court also this time offered the States and the Union Territories with a ‘final chance’ reportedly. And also directed them to file their affidavit within coming two weeks period. Moreover, if in case the states and union territories will be failed in providing such affidavits within given period, then the court has also asked the personal presence of the Chief Secretaries of the concerned states for explaining the non- compliance of various directions of the Apex Court which was passed from the time to time in this connection.

The Top Court’s concerned bench comprising of Justice- V. Gopala Gowda and Justice Arun Mishra made such decision while considering the issue, and also said that this matter will be posted on the next date i.e. in the second week of May.

The bench also found stated that “we don’t appreciate this type of attitude.” It was also pointed that the bench was earlier fixed to pass the order for summoning the chief secretaries of the states, however, later when the counsels appearing for some of the states requested then the court decided to offer a last change to the states and union territories.

It is notable here that the said bench was hearing the petition which was filed in the year 2006, and also some of the directions were also passed in that connection requiring the states to remove the ‘unauthorized constructions’, including the places of worships from the roads and also from the public places.

It was in the last month when the court was tabled with the contempt petition against the Government of Chhattisgarh. As such the court that time had ordered requiring the responses from the states and union territories to shown what they have done for removing such religious structures from the roads and public places.

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