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Allowing unauthorised places of worship is "insult to god": SC

Allowing unauthorised places of worship is “insult to god”: SC

The Supreme Court today expressed anguish over inaction of authorities for allowing the existence of unauthorised places of worship on roads and pavements across the country, saying “it is an insult to god.”

“You have to demolish such structures. We know you are not doing anything. None of the states are doing anything. You have no right to allow it. God never intended to obstruct the path. But you are obstructing the path. It is an insult to god,” a bench comprising Justices V Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra observed.

The remarks were made as the bench pulled up states and union territories for their failure to comply with its directions to file affidavits spelling out steps they have taken to remove illegal religious structures from public roads and pavements.

The apex court gave them a final chance with a direction to file the affidavit within two weeks failing which the Chief Secretaries of the concerned states will have to be present personally to explain non-compliance of various directions of the apex court passed from time to time since 2006.

“We don’t appreciate this type of attitude,” the bench said, adding that the orders and directions of the apex court “are not passed for keeping in the cold storage”.

“If this is the attitude of state administrations and the chief secretaries, why do we pass orders? Do we pass orders for keeping in cold storage? If you have no respect for court orders, we will deal with the states,” the bench said.

The bench, which was about to pass an order for summoning the Chief Secretaries at the first instance, modified it after a plea was made by some lawyers appearing for various states.

The apex court was hearing the petition filed in 2006 in which directions were passed to states to remove unauthorised structures, including places of worships, from public places.

It had on March 8 received a contempt petition against Chhattisgarh government, following which it had asked the state to ascertain the factual position on the basis of allegations made in it.

The apex court had directed all other states’ counsel to take instructions with regard to the compliance of the interim orders passed by it from time to time in this regard.

The bench in its order noted that despite the March 8 order “none of the states have filed affidavit”.

( Source – PTI )

One Response to “Allowing unauthorised places of worship is “insult to god”: SC”

  1. Wasim ahmed khan advocate Hyderabad

    Hon’ble Supreme Court is perfectly right in saying God never intended to obstruct the paths but the states are obstructing them and therefore it is insult to God. Indeed it is a matter of great concern that despite apex courts order states have not shown any seriousness in this regard for the reason best known to them. Needless to say religious structures continue to be the root cause for all the bottle necks and traffic jams on the busy roads causing untold hardships to the public. Not only the common public and road users but also ambulances carrying seriously ill patients are suffering a lot. Though the concerned states can resolve the above problem within no time , it seems they don’t want to displease their vote banks. When It is a settled law that using of roads is a fundamental right of citizens and that State has no religion, the respective governments should come forward and hold meetings with all political parties and various religious heads and immediately shift all obstructive structures from the roads to other places like government lands or by acquiring new places for them. After all service to humanity is service to God. Hope all the states and UTs will obey and respect the Court orders in the interest of public.


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