The High Court of Uttarakhand has directed the State government to remove 770 religious structures built by encroaching on public places by March 23. On Wednesday, the state government sought one year time for removing such religious structures but the division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice RC Khulbe rejected this request citing the Supreme Court’s September 29, 2009 order.
In the affidavit submitted by the state government on Wednesday, it was stated that the check conducted in all districts on high court directions revealed that 96 religious structures in Tehri district, nine in Nainital, 23 in Champawat, three in Chamoli, six in Pithoragarh, 15 in Pauri, five in Almora, two in Uttarkashi, seven in Rudraprayag, 412 in Udham Singh Nagar, 171 in Haridwar and 21 in Dehradun district were constructed on public space. Some of these have been demolished by the administration, it was stated.
During the previous hearing of the matter on February 26, the high court observed with dissatisfaction that the Supreme Court had issued orders in 2009 directing all the states to remove illegal religious structures built on public places and government land. Despite this, the Uttarakhand government had not acted upon the orders of the apex court so far. It will be recalled here that taking suo moto cognisance of religious structures built illegally on public places and government land, the high court took up the matter of removal of illegal religious structures on the public lands as a public interest litigation. It has been mentioned in the petition that despite the orders of the supreme court, temples, mosques, churches and Gurudwaras built illegally on public space and government land have not been removed by the government.
Thursday, 05 March 2020 | PNS | Nainital
You might also like
- I’m not here for fame: Radhika August 7, 2020
- Sushant death: Rhea, family members among six named in CBI case August 7, 2020
- BCCI, Vivo suspend IPL partnership for 2020 August 7, 2020
- ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ actor Samir found hanging in Mumbai home August 7, 2020
- Manoj Sinha new J&K L-G, Murmu appointed CAG August 7, 2020