The Tekdi road Hanuman temple would not be demolished, at least for a time being. The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has provided temporary relief to the temple and stayed demolition till next order. The court has also asked the Indian Army to decide whether the temple need to be demolished or not within four weeks. The court has issued a notice to the respondents – secretary of the home department, Nagpur Municipal Commissioner and Central government. They would have to file reply by September 6.
The Tekadi Road Hanuman Mandir Samiti has filed a plea before the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court against the demolition of the temple, which according to the trust was constructed in 1911. In its plea, the temple trust has stated that the temple is over 100 years old. The managing committee was registered in 1979. The temple is situated 100-ft from road and is not obstructing vehicular traffic.
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had decided to demolish the temple, which is also only of the famous shrines of the city, on the basis of objection raised by the Defence personnel. The trust also claimed that they had tried to clarify their stance before the NMC and also presented evidences to prove that the temple was not illegal. But, these evidences were not considered by the civic body and on July 1 an order was issued to demolish the temple. The trust has urged the High Court to cancel the demolishment order and declare the temple as legal.
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