New Delhi, Apr 9 (ILNS) The Supreme Court on Thursday listed the petition seeking the demand to declare Ram Setu as National Heritage to April 26. The petition will come up before the new Chief Justice NV Ramana who will take charge on April 24.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian while hearing the petition filed by Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy, seeking urgent hearing for directions to the Centre to declare the Ram Sethu as a national heritage monument.
Dr Swamy had in January last year also submitted before the Supreme Court but the Top court suggested him to come back and it will consider the petition seeking consideration of Ram Sethu as a National Heritage Monument. but due to the situation of COVID-19 Pandemic in the country, he could not approach the court.
The Bridge, also called Adam’s bridge runs from Pamban Island near Rameshwaran in South India to Mannar Island, off the Northern coast of Sri Lanka.
The issue of declaring Ram Sethu as a National Heritage monument was raised by Dr Swamy, in his plea filed against Sethusamudram Ship Channel project for the protection of Ram sethu and a stay was granted by the top Court on the project’s work over Ram Sethu.
Under the Sethusamudram project, an 83-km-long deep water channel was to be created, linking Mannar with Palk Strait, by extensive dredging and removal of the limestone shoals, which constitute the mythological Sethu.
The Central Government, through ASG Pinky Anand, had then informed the Court that “in the interest of the nation”, the government does not want to touch Ram Sethu, rather it has decided to explore an alternative to an earlier alignment of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, without affecting the Ram Sethu.
The Supreme Court had, in November, 2019, asked the Central government to clarify its stand and granted liberty to Dr Swamy to approach the Court in case the Centre’s response wasn’t filed. ILNS/SNG/RJ