SC adjourns hearing on Ramsethu till December 11

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) The Supreme Court today adjourned till November 11 hearing on the petitions seeking to declare Ramsethu a national heritage monument.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice R V Raveendran also granted time to the Centre to file its affadavit as the previous affadavit, which questioned the existence of characters and events described in Ramayana leading to huge public outcry, was withdrawn.

The petitioners, including former Union Minister and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, are seeking directions from the apex court to the Centre as well as to the state of Tamil Nadu not to damage Ramsethu while completing the Sethu Samundaram Shipping Canal project.

The project would connect Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu with Sri Lanka.

The Supreme Court has already directed the authorities not to damage Ramsethu in any manner while continuing the dredging activity.

Notably, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi, Union Minister T R Balu and several top beurocrats of the state are already facing contempt of court proceedings for defying the Supreme Court order ''not to enforce statewide bandh on October 1 demanding speedy completion of Sethu Samundaram project''.

The contempt of court petition was filed by AIADMK headed by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

UNI

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