New Delhi, Apr 10: Former union minister and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has pleaded before the Supreme Court that the centre should be directed to scrap the Sethusamudram project altogether if it cannot be completed without demolishing the Ram Sethu also known as Adam's bridge.
Dr Swamy in his rejoinder affidavit filed yesterday in the Supreme Court has also contended that demolition of Ram Setu will lead to serious consequences for the secular and social fabric of Indian society. Millions of Hindus across the globe have believed for centuries that the Ram Sethu was constructed by Lord Rama to reach Sri Lanka to vanquish demon king Ravana. The apex court will hear the case on April 15.
The centre in its counter affidavit has pleaded for vacation of the interim stay against the demolition of the Ram sethu on the grounds that there is no evidence that 31 km long Ram Sethu is manmade, it is only a natural formation.
Dr Swamy has strongly opposed the contention of the centre and has pleaded that the Ram Sethu should be declared a monument of National heritage and under no circumstances it can be demolished.
He has also criticised the centre for deliberately and intentionally selecting alignment 6 for completing the project, inspite of the fact that other alternatives are also available.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Union Minister T R Ballu are facing contempt of court proceedings for enforcing Tamil Nadu bandh on October 1 last year for speedy completion of Sethusamudram project in violation of the Supreme Court directions not to enforce state-wide bandh.
The centre had to withdraw its controversial affidavit from the Supreme Court when the central government came under heavy fire for questioning the existence of the characters and events described in Ramayana, thereby questioning the very existence of Lord Rama and other characters.