The Centre has agreed to give Guru Ravidas Temple devotees the same site where Ravidas temple was demolished a few months back in South Delhi. The Centre told the Supreme Court the decision was taken to ensure peace and Harmony.
According to reports, the Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the 200 square metres of the Area of the site can be handed over to a committee of devotees for construction. The Top Court has taken the Centre's proposal on record and agreed to list the case for Monday for passing the order. Reportedly, the Attorney General also said that the decision was taken after considering the sensitivity and faith of the devotees for the site and consultation was held with all the concerned Parties including devotees and Government officials. However, the Attorney General also specified to the court that not all petitioners have agreed to the said proposal.
A petition was filed in the Supreme Court by Congress leader Rajesh Lilothia seeking the direction to allow construction of a Guru Ravidas temple in the Tughlaqabad forest area in Delhi. The temple was demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) following the court's direction as it was built on encroached forest land. Lilothia, in his plea, while emphasising on his right to pray, informed the apex court that the temple at Tughlaqbad was not a part of the list of unauthorized religious places in Delhi. He had also said that the temple had historic significance, as it was built on the land that was allotted by Sultan Sikander Lodhi to Guru Ravidas himself in 1509.
"The demolition of this sacred temple has hurt crores of followers across the countries, who were never informed by the authorities before this demolition," read the plea.
Following the demolition, the protests were held against the action by devotees as well as political parties. The Supreme Court had warned political parties that attempt to politicise the matter would be viewed as contempt of court.