New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused urgent hearing on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking clarification of Central government on Ram Setu issue.
While taking up the matter, the apex court told Swamy not to worry about Ram Setu, as the government has already made its stand clear. The country's top court further told Swamy that if the government touches the ancient structure, then he can approach SC.
While making a statement in the Lok Sabha in 2014, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had said, “We won`t break Ram Setu."
Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from Pamban Island near Rameshwaram in South India to Mannar Island off the northern coast of Sri Lanka. Encyclopaedia Britannica says that geological evidence suggests that in the Ice Age, the stretch used to be a land connection between India and Sri Lanka.
There are different geological theories behind the origin of the ridge, one of which even says that Sri Lanka was a part of Indian landmass and that the calcareous rectangular blocks are testimony of Lanka breaking away from the mainland about 1,25,000 years ago.
Hindu believers hold it as the structure that Lord Rama and his army of apes and monkeys built to reach demon king Ravana`s Lanka.