The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it will thoroughly consider BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's request regarding the Ram Setu a national historic heritage monument.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it will thoroughly consider BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s request for direction from the Centre to declare the Ram Setu a national historic heritage and urged the Centre to clarify its position.
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud asked Swamy, who appeared before the bench in person, to review the lengthy case and urged that written arguments should be made.
Ram Setu, also referred to as Adam’s Bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka.
The BJP official informed the hearing panel that he had already won the first round of the legal battle in which the Center acknowledged Ram Setu’s existence.
He claimed that despite a meeting being set by the Union minister in 2017 to discuss his demand, nothing ever came of it. At this point, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that the case was already old and that he would need more time to check if the centre had submitted anything else to the court. In agreement with the Centre, the judge ordered Mehta to explain his position.
“This is a matter of policy to declare,” Justice Chandrachud questioned Swamy. “Let them decide.” Swamy responded, “The policy is there.” Let them say they will decide by a particular date.”
Swamy had raised the issue of declaring the Ram Sethu a national monument in his PIL against the controversial Sethusamudram Ship Channel project, initiated by the UPA-I government.
The Centre later said it had considered the socio-economic disadvantages of the project and was willing to explore another route to the shipping channel project without damaging the Ram Setu.