Suggest a place for shifting statue: HC

Suggest a place for shifting statue: HC

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday directed the petitioner to suggest a place to shift the Ambedkar statue temporarily.

During the hearing of a petition filed by A V Amaranathan, a Bangalore-based advocate, Additional Advocate General Sajjan Poovaiah submitted that there was no threat to the statue and the government has discussed the issue with the top officials of BMRCL.

When the counsel for the Corporation was about make his submission, the Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice Abdul Nazeer warned him saying: “If you take any incorrect stance you will face contempt action. Think over it before you do so. Why did you misguide the court last time?”

Counsel A K Subbaiah, appearing for Dalit Sangharsha Samithi, submitted that there was no need for shifting the statue as it was not impeding the Metro work.

The Court pointed out that statues of Netaji Subhashchandra Bose and Jawaharlal Nehru have been shifted and the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar too should be shifted for the safety of the statue.

“ If the statue hangs for one or two days it is okay, but the blasting of rocks will continue till September. If the statue hangs till then, it will be another historic event.” the acting Chief Justice said.

The Bench opined that the statue should not remain in the same position till then and directed the petitioner to come out with suggestions on the location to temporarily shift the statue.

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