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SC extends stay on construction of Kanshi Ram memorial

SC expressed dissatisfaction over Maya govt's plea on alleged violation of an undertaking for stoppage of work at Kanshi Ram Memorial Sthal.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
September 18, 2009 1:57:39 pm

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over UP government’s plea on the alleged violation of an undertaking for stoppage of work at Kanshi Ram Memorial Sthal in Lucknow and said the stay on all such activities will continue.

“The affidavit (of the UP Government) is not satisfactory,” a Bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal and Aftab Alam observed.

The Bench said it has to decide whether the interim order will continue and to see what had happened after its direction.

“The question here has many,many burning issues,” it observed during a brief hearing in the case.

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It said the question was whether one could spend so much of money from the state or public exchequer for the purpose. “Suppose today the legislature decides that 80 per cent of budgetary allocation should be spent on such works of memorials and statues,(then) is it not justifiable,” the Bench asked.

“Serious questions arise in this petition,” the Bench said adding,” the cabinet and the legislature have to act under the Constitution.”

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