Plea to declare Ram Setu as a National Monument dismissed by the Supreme Court

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On October 03, 2023, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea seeking a direction to declare the ‘Ram Setu’ as a National Monument as defined in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. The plea also sought the construction of a wall at the Ram Setu for a few meters/kilometers so that everyone can have its ‘Darshan’. The petition was filed under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution by the Hindu Personal Law Board. Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul heard the matter today where the petitioner requested the bench to tag the petition along with Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s pending petition seeking National Heritage Status for the Ram Setu. The same was declined by the SC bench stating that it is an administrative matter and said “No, we are not connecting it…We are not inclined to interfere under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to give any directions which the petitioner seeks. Dismissed.” The matter was therefore dismissed by the two-judge bench of the Supreme Court.