Telangana to move SC over idols immersion curbs

Hyderabad: The government of Telangana is likely to move the Supreme Court challenging TS High Court order banning immersion of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris in Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad.

With the High Court on Monday refusing to modify its order, the state government is likely to file an appeal in the apex court.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao discussed the situation created by the High Court order with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, municipal administration secretary Arvind Kumar and other top officials late on Monday.

The meeting reportedly decided to challenge the High Court order keeping in view the sentiments of devotees and the problems faced in implementing the ban on immersion of idols made of PoP in Hussain Sagar.

The High Court on Monday dismissed the revision petition filed by the state government to allow immersion of PoP idols in the lake.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice M.S. Ramachandra Rao and Justice T. Vinod Kumar made it clear that it cannot permit water pollution by allowing immersion of PoP idols.

“You created a situation of impossibility, now solve it. We cannot grant permission to people to pollute Hussain Sagar,” the bench said.

The court also refused to allow immersion into Hussain Sagar from Tank Bund road saying the huge amount of taxpayers’ money spent by the government to beautify the stretch will be wasted. The bench also asked the authorities whether they implement the laws or violate them.

The review petition was filed by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commissioner Lokesh Kumar. The petitioner had mentioned that if the immersion was not allowed from Tank Bund, it may take up to six days for the immersion of thousands of idols brought to the lake.

While refusing to modify its order, the High Court had stated that if the government doesn’t like its order, it can challenge the same in the higher court.

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