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2002 Gujarat Riots: State’s job to repair masjids, Centre tells Supreme Court

05, Aug 2015

The case will be heard next on August 19.
Written by Utkarsh Anand
New Delhi Updated: Aug 5, 2015, 8:15
When Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, the state government had appealed against a high court order, directing it to repair and restore mosques, dargahs and other religious sites damaged in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Now, when he is the Prime Minister, the central government has told the Supreme Court that it has no obligation regarding restoration of religious places damaged in the communal riots and that the accountability has to be fixed with the state government. In its first affidavit into the matter, the Centre has said: “It is primarily the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order in the state and to provide security, relief, rehabilitation and to compensate riot victims.”

 

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