New Delhi: No spirituality can be attached to criminal activities, the Delhi High Court said on Monday, observing that it was “unfortunate and painful” that a 108-foot Hanuman statue was allowed to be raised on public land’s pavement in the city. The court, which had earlier directed the CBI to probe how the famous Hanuman statue came to be built on public land in the busy Karol Bagh area of the city, asked the agency to ensure that the matter is dealt with seriously and stringent action is taken against all the law breakers. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said if prosecution is launched against any person, the court concerned shall ensure that the matter is dealt with expeditiously and guilty are brought to book.
The court said a “very unfortunate” stand was taken by land owning agencies in this matter as none of them have come forward to say that the land belongs to them. “It is very unfortunate that a 108-foot statue has been allowed to come on a public land…,” the bench said. It added that the issue required a closer scrutiny and the facts manifest grave issues of corruption and public fraud. The bench said it was “painful” that this kind of encroachment has been allowed to be raised on a pavement on the main road and every person party to this “fraud” needs to be dealt with a heavy hand.
19 Feb 2019
20 Feb 2019