Ensure no place of worship in public places: SC

Last Updated: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 23:38

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked
the Centre to ensure that no place of worship is constructed
in public places.

The apex court asked Solicitor General Gopal
Subramanium to file an affidavit in this regard within four
weeks.

"The Solicitor General will file an affidavit to
ensure that no temple, church, mosque or gurudwara is
constructed on a public street or a public space," a Bench
comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and M K Sharma
said.

The direction to the Centre came during the hearing of
the petition challenging the Gujarat High Court order of 2006
by which the authorities in Ahmedabad were directed to
demolish all illegal structures including places of worship on
public roads.

The High Court order was later stayed by the apex
court.

During the hearing, the Bench said as far as existing
religious institutions are concerned it can understand that
demolishing them will create law and order problem but the
Centre must ensure that no religious places comes up in future
in public places.

The Bench said even if a single institution is put up
on public place, the officers concerned would be suitably
punished.

Subramanium said that the Centre will have discussions
with all states and try to reach a consensus on this issue.
The Bench posted the matter for further hearing on
September 29.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 - 23:38

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