Cuttack: Acting on a special leave petition (SLP) seeking compensation from the Odisha government for illegally demolishing a 40-feet-high temple here that was built at a cost of over Rs 2 crore, the Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to the former asking it to maintain status quo in the matter.
A bench of the apex court also asked the state government to maintain status quo in the matter of the 5,000 square feet of land on which the temple was constructed about 20 years ago.
The Supreme Court is likely to take up the matter again on June 26 along with all other connected matters arising out of an impugned Odisha High Court order passed on January 6, 2012, sources said.
It may be mentioned that the state government equipped with a High Court order pulled down the temple along with 30 other religious structures in the city last month. The government had claimed that about 207 structures in Cuttack, including these 30, were constructed illegally on government land.
The Shyama Shyam Dham Temple Trust, however, challenged the action of the government and the impugned order of the High Court stating that the demolition of the temple was illegal as the application of regularisation of the government land in favour of the Temple Trust was pending disposal with the government.
The district administration on May 9 this year, demolished some religious structures two days after Orissa High Court rejected review petitions seeking reconsideration of its order to demolish unauthorized shrines built on government land.
While Bharat mata mutt in CDA area and Asharam Bapu ashram were pulled down amid high security and in the presence of 10 platoons of force, the Shyama Shyam Dham in Belleview area was partially demolished.
Earlier hearing a SLP, the apex court on May 24 put a stay on the demolition of Anant Gopal Ashram located at Mahanadi Vihar.
On May 31, it had also ordered status quo on the state government’s proposed move.