New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Gujarat High Court order directing the state government to repair religious structures damaged in the 2002 riots.

The top court passed the order after it rejected the plea of the Gujarat government who had pleaded for a stay of its HC order and has posted the matter for further hearing till August 14.

In the meantime, the Gujarat government will work on the policy for compensating the loss caused to the religious structures in 2002 riots.
The SC earlier on July 9 had directed the Gujarat government to file a survey report of the religious sites which were damaged and destroyed during the 2002 riots in the state.

A division bench comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra had also asked the state government to quantify the amount needed for building and repairing those sites that were affected by the riots.

The court gave the directions on an appeal filed by the state government challenging the Gujarat High Court order directing it to pay compensation for damage and destruction of the religious sites.

Earlier, the Gujarat high court division bench of Acting Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala had ordered compensation for over 500 places of worships in the state on a plea by Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat (IRCG), a non-governmental organisation or NGO.

The NGO had contended that 535 religious places were affected, out which 37 remain to be repaired.

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