Taking a humanitarian view,the Bombay High Court directed status quo on a structure belonging to an adivasi woman located near a Buddhist stupa. The stupa,at Nalasopara,has been declared as a historical monument by the ASI. However,the petitioner,Sunanda Sitad,a widow claims that her family has been living near the stupa for close to 100 years and has even been paying tax for the house since 1992.
However,the ASI maintained that it is an illegal structure and needs to be demolished. It issued a notice stating the same to Sitad,after which she moved the High Court. The petitioner claims that she and her late husband took care of the stupa for years together.
Asking the ASI to take a humanitarian view,Justice P B Majmudar noted,Lord Buddha himself renounced the world after seeing its poverty and misery.
Incidentally,Sitads son works on a contract basis with the ASI. The court,has ordered status quo on the site.
The matter has been adjourned till June 13.