SC to hear plea against protective cover in Ayodhya
MD ASLAM a.k.a. Bhure, known for his legal interventions in the Ayodhya matter, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against the Centre's decision to put a bullet-proof steel structure around the idol of 'Ram Lalla' at the disputed site at Ayodhya.india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 01:25 IST
MD ASLAM a.k.a. Bhure, known for his legal interventions in the Ayodhya matter, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against the Centre's decision to put a bullet-proof steel structure around the idol of 'Ram Lalla' at the disputed site at Ayodhya.
In his petition filed through counsel M.M. Kashyap, Aslam sought to restrain the Centre from going ahead with its plan as it would violate the status quo orders passed by the SC in 1993, 1994 and 2003.
He contended that the proposed over Rs 2.89 crore civil work, which included wooden roof with bullet-proof steel structure on four sides of 'Ram Lalla' and internal walls would make it a "confirmed Ram temple" even before the final decision of title suits by Allahabad High Court's Lucknow Bench.
Bhure's petition is likely to be taken up for hearing in the first week of August along with Centre's plea for permission to carry out certain construction to strengthen the security of the disputed site and the idol in view of threat from terrorists.
The Centre had said that the decision was taken after discussions with the Uttar Pradesh Government and various intelligence agencies.
The Court's permission for carrying out any constructions in the disputed complex was needed in view of its earlier order to maintain status quo there.
The Government had planned to instal bullet-proof steel structures around the the idol of 'Ram Lalla' at the disputed site in Ayodhya to further enhance security there in the wake of last year's terrorist attack.
Since the Supreme Court is hearing a petition on acquisition of 71.361 acres of land by the Government and has directed status quo be maintained there, the Centre moved an application on May 17 this year seeking permission to install the temporary steel structures.
The Centre had also prepared a plan to install close circuit television and set up concrete bunkers at the disputed site.