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Wall around temple to stay: Court

The wall surrounding Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in south Mumbai will stay as of now. The Bombay High Court dismissed the petition of residents to demolish the wall.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2009 01:14 IST
HT Correspondent

The wall surrounding Siddhivinayak Temple at Prabhadevi in south Mumbai will stay as of now.

The Bombay High Court dismissed the petition of residents to demolish the wall.

The division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice V.K. Tahilramani has asked the Commissioner of Police to review the threat perception and submit a report to the BMC. On the basis of the report, the BMC would take a decision on the wall.

The wall was built in 2006 by the trustees at the cost of Rs 6 crore after the government sounded the alarm of security threat to the temple. The BMC regularised the wall in in June 2007.

“The corporation may consider bringing it (wall) down after finding out if the threat has reduced or disappeared,” said Justice Nazki.

The petition was filed by Vinod Desai and some residents alleging that not only was the wall constructed without following proper legal process but also caused lot of inconvenience as the arterial road was closed.

It contends that the wall blocks off three roads in the area, causing inconvenience to the residents. The plea sought demolition as it was obstructing three major roads connecting the north and south Mumbai.

“Sorry we cannot help you,” said Justice Nazki. “Today if we order the wall’s demolition, on what expert basis will we decide on the threat perception?”

Justifying the wall, Advocate General Ravi Kadam said there were intelligence inputs of threat to the temple. “The threat perception has only worsened,” said Kadam.