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Andhra Pradesh HC orders status quo on temple

Posted on Nov 05, 08:18PM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh High Court today ordered that no construction activity be taken up abutting the historic Charminar monument here.

A divison bench comprising acting Chief Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Vilas V. Afzalpurkar passed the order on three Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed by corporators owing allegience to Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party.

One of the petitioners Mohsin Balala submitted that the court directed status quo of Oct 30, 2012 and that must be maintained.

The petitioners had sought a stay on construction activity, saying it posed a threat to the more than 400-year-old Charminar, a protected monument.

The Bhagyalakshmi Temple Committee, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and some other groups had impleaded themselves in the case, opposing the PILs.

Tension has been building up in the city since October 31 when some persons tried to expand the temple abutting the monument, leading to protests from people belonging to muslim community.

Violence also broke out in the communally sensitive Old City on Friday and yesterday night.