Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy
Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy
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Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea for reconstruction of religious structures torn down during Telangana Secretariat demolition

The Apex Court questioned the petitioner if the concerned High Court had been moved first.

Shruti Mahajan

The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a petition seeking a direction to the Telangana government to order the reconstruction of religious structures that were allegedly taken down during the demolition of the Secretariat.

The plea filed by Advocate Aijazuddin Khaja came up for hearing before the Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy, which questioned the petitioner if the High Court had been moved first.

Answering in the negative, the petitioner, who was appearing as party-in-person, told the Court that his petition did not pertain to the demolition of the Secretariat, but was for the rebuilding of religious structures around it that were taken down.

The Court observed that the matter was not fit to be entertained under the Article 32 jurisdiction of the Court.

"This prayer is misconstrued under Article 32," Justice Bhushan said.

The Court initially intended to dismiss the plea. However, on request made by the petitioner, the Court granted him liberty to withdraw the matter.

Khaja then expressed his wish to approach the Telangana High Court, seeking a direction from the Apex Court to the High Court to decide his petition expeditiously. However, the Court refused to pass any such direction.

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