Gujarat need not pay to rebuild shrines destroyed in 2002 post-Godhra riots: SC

The state government had told the court that it was willing to pay from ex-gratia amount for repair and reconstruction works of various structures, shops and houses which were damaged.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2017 1:10 pm
godhra riots supreme court case, religious structures damaged in godhra riots, religious shrines damaged in godhra riots, religious shrines supreme court, state government pay for religious shrines damage, legal news, indian express news A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice P C Pant allowed the Gujarat government’s appeal challenging the High Court verdict that it should pay for reconstruction and repair works of religious structures damaged during riots.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the Gujarat High Court order asking the state government to pay for reconstruction and repair of shrines damaged and destroyed during the 2002 post-Godhra riots. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice P C Pant was hearing an appeal filed by the Gujarat government against the High Court order directing it to pay compensation to over 500 shrines damaged during the 2002 riots that followed the Godhra train burning incident.

The Gujarat High Court had earlier directed the state government  to quantify the damage caused to religious places during the riots and disburse money to rebuild them.  The BJP-led state government then challenged the order in the apex court contending that public funds could not be used for restoration of religious places. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the state government, said the state already has a scheme under which “an ex gratia fixed payment is given to the damage caused to the structures.”

Mehta said “this scheme (of the government) has been accepted”.

With PTI inputs

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