Bureaucrat who supervised 370 scrapping to head Ayodhya case desk
New Delhi, Jan 3: In an order issued by the Ministry of Home affairs (MHA), the desk dealing with the matters associated with the Ayodhya case, including the formation of a trust within 90 days, will be headed by Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh (JKL) additional secretary Gyanesh Kumar.
Kumar will be
assisted by deputy secretary of the national integration (NI) department and
joint secretary of the Kashmir division.
and related court judgements will be put up by DS (NI) to AS (JKL) through JS
(JKL),” stated an order of the administrative division of the Union Ministry of
Kumar had played
a crucial role in the transition of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union
Territory. He was an active participant in the preparation of the Jammu and
Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which then became an Act.
To deal with the
claims on the disputed site, the government created the Ayodhya cell under the
MHA in 1990. This cell functioned under the the internal security division of
the MHA which oversaw the NI department and continued to do so even after the
demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992.
It is currently
tasked with allotting Muslim claimants the five acres of land as compensation
under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act, 1993.
has also merged the two internal security divisions of the home ministry, the
Internal Security-I division and Internal Security-II division, to be known as
Internal Security-I division and headed by joint secretary of women’s safety,
Punya Salila Srivastava.
As per the
reports, in a proposal to the MHA, the Uttar Pradesh government has suggested
three plots in Ayodhya, one of which could be given to the UP Sunni Waqf Board.
representatives of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Babri Masjid Action
Committee (BMAC) had first met under the banner of the Ayodhya Cell. (Agencies)