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The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up states and union territories for their failure to comply with its directions to file affidavits citing steps taken for the removal of illegal religious structures from public roads and pavements.

A bench comprising Justices V Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra hit out at state governments saying that, “we don’t appreciate this type of attitude.”

While ordering the state governments to file the affadavit within two weeks, the apex court said that if the respected governments failed to comply with its order, the Chief Secretaries of the concerned states will have to be present personally to explain the non-compliance of various directions of the apex court passed from time to time in this regard.

The apex court was hearing the petition filed in 2006 in which directions were passed earlier to the states to remove unauthorised constructions, including places of worships, from roads and public places.

On March 8, the court received a contempt petition against Chhattisgarh government after which it had asked the state to ascertain the factual position on the basis of the allegations made in the contempt petition.

The court will hear the matter in the second week of May.

(With PTI Inputs)