Declare ‘Ram Setu’ National Heritage Monument: SC to List Subramanian Swamy’s Plea

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A plea by BJP’s Subramanian Swamy to make ‘Ram Setu’ declaration a national heritage monument will be listed by the Supreme Court, it said on Wednesday. The plea asks the apex court for the direction of the Center on the matter.

The case could not be listed earlier due to a judge from the bank involved who was dealing with health issues. However, a bank headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana told the BJP leader that the court “will list it”.

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Swamy had brought the matter up a few times in SC hearing. The case had previously been agreed to be listed by a bench chaired by the Chief Justice and composed of Judges Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli for the hearing on the date of July 26.

The plea seeks direction from the Center and the National Monuments Office under the Ministry of Culture, to make “Ram Setu” a monument of national importance. Ram Setu is a chain of limestone shoals between Rameswaram Island or Pamban Island, off the southeast coast of Tamil Nadu, and Mannar Island, off the northwest coast of Sri Lanka.

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Swamy had argued that the existence of ‘Ram Setu’ had been accepted by the government as early as 2017, but the matter was not moving forward after it convened a committee to investigate his claim.

In 2007, the then UPA government in the center had made a proposal to build a water canal as part of the Sethusamudram project. It was proposed to build an 83 km deep water channel through extensive dredging and removal of limestone shoals, connecting Mannar to Palk Strait. The government had to move to another plan to link Palk Strait and Mannar after Swamy sued the court against the proposal.

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(With input from IANS)

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