Mumbai : In a temporary reprieve to more than 10 temples in Nashik city, the Bombay High Court has directed the Nashik Municipal Corporation not to take any action against them and to maintain its ‘status quo.’
A division bench presided over by Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing petitions moved by these temple administrations in Nashik.
According to the petitioners, the Nasik Municipal Corporation (NMC) had issued demolition notices to these temples. The temple authorities contended that the temples are there in these premises since several years.
On the other hand, the NMC justified its move claiming that it was only implementing the orders of the HC.
It may be recalled that the division bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka of the HC had passed a detailed judgment in October last year. The bench had then directed the civic bodies across the state to demolish all the unauthorized religious structures.
Interestingly, some of the temple administration contended that the are situated in the premises of some housing societies. The temple administration argued that the temples cannot be demolished as they were situated in housing societies and their location does not fall in the category of “public places.”
After hearing the submissions advanced, the bench directed the petitioners to approach the NMC and give a fresh representation before it. The bench also directed the civic body to initiate the process once again, after considering their representations on merits.
Meanwhile, the bench also directed the civic body as well as the temples to maintain status quo on the sites in question.
Temples that get relief
- Tulja Bhavani Mandir
- Mahadev Mandir
- Saibaba Mandir
- Maharshi Valmki
- Rushi Mandir
- Khanderao Maharaj Mandir
- Ganesh Mandir
- Vithal Rukmini Mandir