City-based Advocate A V Amarnath has filed a public interest litigation in the High Court seeking the shifting of Dr B R Ambedkar’s statue in front of Vidhana Soudha to some other place on the same premises (Vidhana Soudha) to pave way for Bangalore Metro rail work.
He said the statue is causing a huge loss to Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL).
“The place where the statue has been installed is not an archeological monument. Therefore, its shifting to some other place on the same Vidhana Soudha premises has no legal obstacles. The sentiments of some organisations against the shifting of the statue are unreasonable because the other statues on the same Vidhana Soudha premises have been shifted and therefore, the shifting of this statue should not have any sentiments. The organisations which are politicising the issue are causing a great hardship, severe inconvenience and a huge loss of public money. The state government ought to have taken appropriate steps to shift the statue.”
The petitioner sought directions to the government in this regard. He also sought protection and assistance to BMRCL to shift the statue from its present place.