The Central told the Supreme Court that the government is willing to hand over the 200 square meter area at the same site where the temple was earlier demolished by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on the direction of the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Apex Court that the Centre had taken this decision after holding consultations with all the parties in order to ensure peace and harmony.

KK Venugopal told the court that the same 200 square meter area where the Ravidas temple stood will be handed over to a committee of devotees to undertake the construction of temple.

The apex court bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and S Ravindra Bhat heard the Attorney General who presented the government’s proposal and asked all the parties involved to submit objections by Monday.

The bench said that the court would pronounce its verdict on October 23.

The Court had earlier observed a serious breach by Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti for not vacating the forest area as ordered.

The attorney general told the court that he had held consultations with all the stake holders including devotees and the officials and that the government had agreed to hand over the land in good faith to the devotees who protested.

The demolition of the temple on August 10th in Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area triggered widespread protests by devotees in Delhi. Thousands of Dalits from various parts gathered in the national capital and marched from Ambedkar Bhawan in Jhandewalan to Ramlila maidan with ‘Jai bheem’ slogans in August.

Dalit organizations from across the country expressed solidarity with the cause and supported the call for a nationwide bandh.


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