SC asks BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to wait on his plea on Ram Sethu national heritage status

Swamy told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that even after its direction, the Centre has not filed an affidavit on the issue of Ram Sethu.

Published: 25th September 2018 06:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2018 06:58 PM   |  A+A-

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy after a hearing in relation to his petition regarding Ram Setu at the Supreme Court premises in New Delhi Tuesday September 25 2018. | PTI


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to wait for 10 days for a direction to the Centre to clear its stand on giving national heritage status to the mythological 'Ram Sethu'.

Ram Sethu or the Adam's bridge is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban or Rameswaram Island off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island on the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.

Swamy told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that even after its directon, the Centre has not filed an affidavit on the issue of Ram Sethu.

He said the court had issued a notice to the Centre on the matter but even after 10 years, it has not responded on the issue.

"You wait for another ten days. Then come again," the bench said.

Swamy had in March this year announced that he would be moving the top court to direct the Centre to declare Ram Sethu as a national heritage monument.

The BJP leader had earlier raised the issue of declaring Ram Sethu a national monument in his PIL against the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel project, initiated by the UPA-I government.

The matter had reached the apex court which in 2007 had stayed the work for the project on the Ram Sethu.

The Centre had later said that it considered the "socio-economic disadvantages" of the project and was willing to explore an alternative route to the shipping channel project without damaging the 'Ram Setu'.

"That the Government of India intends to explore an alternative to the earlier alignment of Sethusamudram Ship Channel project without affecting/damaging the Adam's Bridge/Ram Sethu in the interest of the nation," the affidavit filed by the ministry had said.

The court had then asked the government to file a fresh affidavit.

In the Ramayana, the Rama Setu bridge was built by the 'Vanara army' to rescue Sita who was kidnapped by Ravana.

The Sethusamudram shipping channel project has been facing protests from some political parties, environmentalists and certain Hindu religious groups.

Under the project, a 83 km-long deep water channel was to be created, linking Mannar with Palk Strait, by extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals.

The apex court had on November 13 last year granted six weeks to the Centre to clarify its stand on the mythical Ram Sethu, a chain of limestone shoals between the coasts of India and Sri Lanka.

It had also granted liberty to Swamy to approach the court if the response of the Centre was not filed.

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  • Ranae Mumbai

    The dream project of Mr AB Vajpayee was dropped due to the pressure of some Hindu organisations and a court case by Mr Subramaniasamy even after the Pachori committee favourable report The same Mr Subramaniasamy passéd allegations against the Rafalae deal and the Incapable FM Mr ArunJaitely Will the NDA Government answer to his allegations?? If not to the communist party or the other opposition parties!!
    1 year ago reply
  • Ranae Mumbai

    The dream project of Mr Vajpayee had been dropped because of the Ram-Sethu mythical bridge feeling of the Hindu organisation &mainly due to the court case by Mr Subramaniasamyeven after the favourable report of MS Pachori an Environmentalist Mr Nidinegadkari the concerned ???? Minister also was not favourable of the Sethu canal project a dream project of the Tamilnadu people
    1 year ago reply
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