Supreme Court fines woman who approached it challenging demolition of “Corona Mata Mandir”

  • Aishwarya Iyer
  • 03:21 PM, 12 Oct 2021

The Supreme Court last week fined a woman who had approached it against the demolition of the ‘Corona Mata Mandir' constructed by her with collaboration with her husband.

Deepmala Srivastava had invoked the jurisdiction under Article 32 of the Constitution of India for infringement of Fundamental Right predicated on a plea that a temple constructed by her has been demolished.

After hearing the petitioner, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh remarked,

"So far the petitioner has not constructed temples for all other possible diseases infecting the people of this country! The land itself was disputed as recorded."

The Court further found that no recourse to any appropriate legal remedy in accordance with the local norms was taken by the petitioner even if it could be considered that the demolition was of a construction on her private land.

"We are of the view that this is clearly an abuse of the process of jurisdiction of this Court under Article 32...", said the Bench while imposing costs of Rs.5000/-.

The said amount is to be deposited with the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Welfare Fund within four weeks.

Cause Title: DEEPMALA SRIVASTAVA v. THE STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH & ANR.

Click here to access a copy of the Order.