Published On : Tue, Oct 31st, 2017

Hold RSS Chief accountable for NMC’s spent on Smruti Mandir

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Nagpur: The issue of construction at Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s headquarters in Reshimbagh has snowballed into yet another controversy as social activist Janardhan Moon has filed another public interest litigation in the High Court, challenging the validity of development activities by Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Public Works Department.

In his petition, Moon has claimed that since RSS is non-registered organisation, carrying out development works in the same is contradictory to the rules. He also claimed that the documents obtained from the Charity Commissioner revealed that the RSS Chief is heading Dr Hedgewar Smarak Samiti.

He has also submitted an affidavit to this regard in the court and appealed to make RSS Chief accountable for the expense of Rs 1.37 crore to be incurred on road construction and security wall in Smruti Mandir premises.

It may be mentioned that NMC, in its standing committee meet, had given a go ahead to carry out development works which include construction of boundary wall and other works in the Sangh building. As per the proposal of Public Works Department of concerned NMC zone, Rs 48,36,100 was estimated to incur on construction of security wall.

Similarly a second proposal of constructing cement concrete road in Smruti Mandir premises at the cost of Rs 89,02,790 was also presented. Both the proposals were put up for administrative approval. Standing Committee Speaker Jadhav was of the view that provision of beautification of Balasaheb Devras Path Triveni Sarak and Dr Hedgewar Smruti Mandir had been made in the NMC’s annual budget.

Meanwhile Sangh’s counsel senior advocate Manohar has appealed to make RSS general secretary Joshi respondent instead of RSS Chief. Following his appeal the court has issued directives to change the name of respondent and issued notice thereafter. Advocate Ashwin Ingole represented the petitioner Moon.