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SC asks Centre to consider facilities at Ram Janam Bhoomi site

SC asks Centre to consider facilities at Ram Janam Bhoomi site
The apex court said that the Centre will file its response within four weeks after taking note of the basic minimum facilities that have been sought for pilgrims in an application filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.

A bench, comprising Justices A R Dave and Amitava Roy, asked Swamy to make a representation about the facilities required in a tabular form.

The BJP leader submitted that pilgrims, who are devotees of Lord Rama, are deprived of even basic facilities like drinking water and toilets and face difficulty due to inadequate arrangement made by both the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government.

Additional solicitor general Maninder Singh said that the Centre would consider the plea made by Swamy.

Arrest over objectionable remark: Apex court seeks response of UP cops

The Supreme Court on Friday sought explanation from UP Police on the circumstances leading to the arrest of a boy for allegedly posting on Facebook objectionable comments against senior SP leader Azam Khan. A bench comprising justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman asked the UP police to file response to the petition alleging that the Supreme Court advisory that section 66A of the Information Technology Act would not be invoked without consultation of high ranking police officers like IG or DCP was violated. "We will examine," the bench said and posted the matter after four weeks.

Senior advocate Soli Sorabjee, appearing for petitioner in the matter, drew the attention of the bench to the apex court's May 16, 2013, advisory which made it clear that no case would be lodged under the controversial provision of the law unless and until there is an approval from high ranking officers like IG or DCP. The counsel appearing for UP government said that nothing has been left in the matter as the boy has been released on bail and there are remedies available to him under the law.
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