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PIL against Arjun s statue: Govt gets more time to file reply

The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted two more days to the state s chief secretary to file a reply to a PIL challenging installation of a statue of late Congress leader Arjun Singh in Bhopal. A controversy erupted last month after a life-size statue of Singh, a former chief minister, was installed at a busy road trisection in Bhopal, where there was a bust of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad earlier. Azad s bust had been removed some years ago for road expansion, and re-installed nearby. Greeshm Singh, a lawyer, filed a public interest litigation, claiming that the installation of Singh s statue violated a 2013 Supreme Court order restraining civic authorities from installing a statue or erecting any other structure on roads or pavements. On Monday, the court had sought a reply from the chief secretary. Additional Advocate General Shekhar Sharma on Tuesday sought more time to file the reply. A division bench of Justices Sanjay Yadav and Atul Sreedharan ...

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