The Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Indore bench has issued a notice to the state government, requesting a response within six weeks on allegations of negligence in preventing communal confrontations in Ujjain, Indore, and Mandsaur during a fund-raising drive for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
A bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sujoy Paul was hearing a plea filed by Digvijay Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP and former chief minister, in which he asked the court to order the state to implement a Supreme Court judgement in cases of mob violence, sectarian violence, and mob lynching. “The Petitioner supports the pious work of construction of Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya,” advocate Ravindra Singh Chhabra wrote in his petition on behalf of Digvijay Singh. “However, the collection of funds/donations must be voluntary, and members of the minority community should not be coerced or threatened to pay a donation for this pious purpose.”
It went on to say that starting in December 2020, a fundraising campaign for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be held across Madhya Pradesh. According to the petition, these organisations left a “trail of community violence” and disrupted communal harmony in the state under the premise of fund collection. The petition stated that incidents in Indore, Ujjain, and Mandsaur show that an attempt to spread sectarian violence was made in a “premeditated way by the organisers of these fund-raising rallies,” while officials in charge of maintaining “law and order” acted “negligently.”