on illegal land? Impossible!
Shiv Sena Executive President, Udhav
Thackeray, who inherited the politics of abuse and hatred from his
father, speaking at a function in Mumbai dared the Maharashtra
government to demolish the
The Supreme Court Tuesday said the chief secretaries of state
governments that have not furnished details of unauthorized
religious structures in public places will have to appear in
person to answer their failure to comply with the court's
Granting the defaulting state governments yet two more weeks, the
apex court bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak
Verma said there would be no extension of time to file details of
unauthorised structures in public places.
While granting the extension, the court said it was dealing with
the matter for quite some time and it could not be postponed any
further. This was the last adjournment it was acceding to and
thereafter it would summon the chief secretaries, the court said.
In September 2009, the apex court had directed the state
governments and the union territories not to permit any
construction of temple, mosque, church, gurudwara or any place of
worship in public places, including streets and parks.
The court had asked the state governments to frame comprehensive
policy in this regard, identify the unauthorised religious
structures in public places, and make plans to remove or relocate
these or their regularise them.
During the course of the last hearing on July 27, 2010, the court
asked the chief secretaries to file comprehensive affidavits
indicating the number of unauthorised religious structures that
have been removed, replaced or regularised in their states.
The states that had identified the unauthorised religious
structures include Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan,
Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Delhi and some
other smaller states.
Tamil Nadu led the states with 77,453 unauthorised religious
structures in public places, followed by Rajasthan with 58,253
such structures and Madhya Pradesh with 51,624.
Other states were Maharashtra with 17,385, Gujarat with 15,000,
Karnataka with 2,814 and Delhi with 52 unauthorised religious
Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland told the court that they have no such
unauthorised religious structures in public places.