SC accepts Centre’s revised offer of 400 sq mt land for Guru Ravidas temple

Aarey, Aarey colony, Save aarey,
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the BMC, assured the court that no further tree felling is being done in Aarey colony | File Photo

The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the Centre’s revised offer of 400 sq mt land in Tughlaqabad forest area here for construction of Guru Ravidas temple which was demolished by Delhi Development Authority following the courts earlier order.

Attorney General KK Venugopal told a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Shripathi Ravindra Bhat that the Centre has revised its offer from 200 square metre area for the temple to 400 square metre keeping in view the faith and sentiments of devotees.

The bench directed the Centre to constitute within six weeks a committee for the construction of the temple in the area earmarked for it.

The bench said that nobody will carry out any commercial activity in the area in and around the place earmarked for the temple.

The top court also directed that persons who were arrested during agitations following the demolition of the temple be released on furnishing of personal bond.