Protesters will face contempt proceedings: SC

NEW DELHI:As many parts of Punjab witnessed protests and bandh organised by Dalit groups against the Supreme Court’s recent order to demolish Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi, the court on Tuesday warned that it would initiate contempt proceedings against those involved.

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13

As many parts of Punjab witnessed protests and bandh organised by Dalit groups against the Supreme Court’s recent order to demolish Guru Ravidas temple in Delhi, the court on Tuesday warned that it would initiate contempt proceedings against those involved.

A three-judge Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra issued the warning after being told that some people were organising protests against the demolition order.

The top court had on April 2 ordered that the premises built on forest land be vacated. It was on August 10 that the DDA demolished the structure. On Tuesday, the court was told that the structure had been removed but some people were agitating against it in Punjab. This angered the Bench, which said it would not tolerate such behavior and requested Attorney General KK Venugopal to assist the court on this issue to settle the legal issue once for all.

Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti counsel tried to tell the Bench that the protests had been organised in Punjab, and not in Delhi, but the Bench wasn’t impressed. 


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