New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Gujarat government for details of the shrines destroyed in the 2002 riots. The court has asked the government to quantify the amount needed to repair the religious sites damaged during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The court will examine whether compensation could be given in case of religious sites being damaged in riots or natural calamities. The state government had approached the Supreme Court asking for a stay on a High Court order to pay compensation.
Around 500 shrines were damaged in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The High Court had in fact pulled up the government for its inaction and negligence, which resulted in the destruction of religious structures.
The compensation claim had been filed by the Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat. However, the Gujarat government insists that the state should not be made to pay for any religious structure.
(With additional information from PTI)