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Corona Mata temple demolition: SC dismisses PIL costing Rs 5,000, says ‘abuse of process’

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has dismissed a PIL against the demolition of a “Corona Mata temple” built by a woman along with her husband in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district, saying it was an “abuse of process”.

A bench of Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundaresh dismissed the petition and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the petitioner, observing that the land on which the temple was built is disputed.

The top court said that if the petitioner has argued that it is his private land and the construction has been done in accordance with the local rules, then he has not taken any proper legal remedy.

“Till now, the petitioner has not constructed temples for all other possible diseases that infect the people of this country. The land itself was disputed as recorded. A police complaint was made in this regard.

“We are of the view that this is clearly an abuse of the process of jurisdiction of this Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India.

The writ petition is dismissed with a cost of Rs 5,000 to be deposited in the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Fund within four weeks,” the bench said.

The petitioner Deepmala Srivastava had moved the apex court invoking the SC’s jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution for violation of the fundamental right.

The “Corona Mata” temple was built in Juhi Shukulpur village of Pratapgarh, from which God’s grace was received to stay away from infection.

This temple built on 7th June was demolished on the night of 11th June.

Villagers alleged that it was demolished by the police, who denied the allegation saying it was built at a disputed site and that one of the parties involved in the dispute broke it down.

Villagers said that the temple was built by Lokesh Kumar Srivastava with donations from local residents.

He installed the idol of “Corona Mata”.

Radheshyam Verma of the village was appointed its priest, after which people started worshiping there.

Lokesh, who lives in Noida, owns land jointly with Nagesh Kumar Srivastava and Jai Prakash Srivastava.

After the construction of the temple, he left the village for Noida.

Nagesh, in his complaint to the police, said that the temple was built to grab land.

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