In a recent development related to the issue of construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, a senior IPS officer in Lucknow landed himself in a controversy after a video of him pledging to build the Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya went viral today. In the video, Surya Kumar Shukla who is director general (home guards), can be seen taking a pledge with others for the early construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The 1982 batch IPS officer, Shukla was attending an event organised by Akhil Bharatiya Samagra Vichar Manch in Lucknow University Campus.
Speaking to ANI, Shukla admitted that he did participate in the event but said his pledge was misinterpreted. He told to ANI, “There has been a misinterpretation. I had clearly said Ram Mandir issue is sub-judice, it won’t be appropriate to speak on it. The pledge was for communal harmony and not Ram Mandir.”
There has been a misinterpretation. I had clearly said Ram Mandir issue is sub-judice,it won’t be appropriate to speak on it. The pledge was for communal harmony and not Ram Mandir: Surya Kumar Shukla, DG, Home Guard on being seen in a viral video taking pledge for Ram Mandir. pic.twitter.com/UvcTuW6LeX
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 2, 2018
According to Hindustan Times, the event was held in Lucknow University and was titled ‘Ram Mandir nirmaan: Samasya evam samadhaan (Ram temple construction: Problem and solution). The report further said the event was also attended by several organisations such as Rashtriya Muslim Manch and Bhagwa Raksha Vahini.
As of now, Supreme Court has decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8. This decision was taken by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Najeeb. They also asked the Advocates on Record of appeals to sit together and ensure that all the requisite documents are translated, filed and numbered before the apex court Registry.