Ram Sethu case: VHP invites SC judges to Rameswaram

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Tiruchirapalli, Apr 17 (UNI) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International Vice-President S Vedhantham today invited Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and other judges of the Supreme Court to visit Rameswaram where the Hindu body is ready to show evidence for the presence of Ram Sethu there.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Vedhantham pointed out that the VHP is in the process of collecting evidence from epics, literature and records of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other sources to enable Janata party President Subramaniyan Swamy to produce evidence before the apex court where he has filed a case against the demolition of Ram Sethu.

He said the VHP would handover the evidence to Dr Swamy well before April 20.

Referring to the affidavit filed by the Union Shipping Ministry before the Madras High court saying the Ministry was ready to erect a platform in and around Ram Sethu to enable to the devotees to worship the bridge, when a similar case came up for hearing a few months back, Mr Vedantham said this affidavit showed that the Union Government itself accepted the presence of the Sethu.

Redarding Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu's claim that the trail run of the Sethu Samudram Canal Project (SSCP) would be made in Palk strait shortly, Mr Vedhantham disputed the Minister's claim and said the statement on SSCP was contradictory to the fact.

The website of the Ministry says that 80 per cent of the SSCP work was over, whereas the fact finding committee reported that only 25 per cent job was complete, he added.

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