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The court in its August 31, 2007 order had put on hold demolition of the 'Rama Setu', while on September 14, 2007 it had allowed the Centre to re-examine the Sethusamudram Project. The Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs (CCPA), chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, which met on Thursday, cleared the affidavit to be filed in the Supreme Court next week. The government on Thursday decided to seek vacation of stay in the Supreme Court on the controversial Sethusamudram project noting that no study has been conducted to determine whether or not the bridge between India and Sri Lanka was man-made. In the 90-page affidavit, the government maintains that no archaeological study has been undertaken to determine whether Ram Setu is man-made or natural and without any such survey no final conclusion can be drawn, sources said. The affidavit seeks vacation of the stay on the work on the Sethusamudram project leaving the decision on clearing the project to the court, sources said. According to Hindu beliefs, the bridge was built by the Vanarsena for Lord Ram to cross the sea to reach Lanka for rescuing Sita. The Supreme Court on January 31 had granted another four weeks of extension to the Centre to file affidavit by the first week of March.
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