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SC sets aside Gujarat HC order to rebuild mosques destroyed in 2002 riots

SC sets aside Gujarat HC order to rebuild mosques destroyed in 2002 riots
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New Delhi, Aug 29: The Supreme Court today set aside the Gujarat High Court order in connection with the re-building of many mosques allegedly destroyed during the state’s 2002 riots.
A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice (CJI) Dipak Misra, and also comprising Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant and Justice DY Chandrachud, passed the order after hearing in detail the arguments from various parties, the Gujarat state government and others.
The Top Court was hearing a petition filed by the Gujarat Government challenging a 2012 state High Court order directing it to compensate for the damages caused to many religious structures during the 2002 riots for the failure of law and order machinery.
The Gujarat Government scheme was proposed by the State Government which was for commercial and residential will be applied for religious sites also, the order of the Apex Court, said.
The apex court today allowed the appeal filed by the Gujarat State Government against the state High Court’s order for compensation to shrines damaged during the 2002 riots.

(UNI)

One Response to SC sets aside Gujarat HC order to rebuild mosques destroyed in 2002 riots

  1. Arvind Kaushal August 31, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I have strong objection to this ruling the reason being that Religious Structures can be loosely classified as Common / Public Property and hence it becomes the duty of the state to protect Common Property from criminal damage and destruction and if the state fails to protect Common Property from criminal damage and destruction that it is the states obligation to repair and rebuilt the Common Property.

    Further Hindu terrorist organizations who are on a rampage may intensify their terrorist activities in many parts of India destroying religious structures belonging to Muslims and other Minorities.

    Now let us study the applicability of this order on Kashmir :

    Now in Kashmir as per the State Government approx 208 Temples have been destroyed in Civil Disturbance and Communal Incidents. However as per other sources 500-600 temples have been destroyed in Civil Disturbance and Communal Incidents.

    Now there is talk of rebuilding these temples using government funds, This will cost Hundreds of Crores , Further providing protection and upkeep of these temples if rebuilt will also cost Hundreds of Crores to the government.

    Now the question arises that is it possible that Government funds are used for Temple reconstruction in Kashmir but cannot be used for Mosque / Church reconstruction in other parts of India.

    Further we demand to know that if Temples are damaged / destroyed in an attack by citizens of India or citizens of any other country who might storm the temple and burn it or damage it by explosives will the State Government or central government spend Public money on its repair / reconstruction. Further we demand to know if any such incident has happened and the State / Central Government of India has spent money on repair / reconstruction of such Temple.

    We demand that The Government of India comes clean on this issue as this cannot be classified as a State Subject.

    Arvind Kaushal
    RTI & Social Activist

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