The Madhya Pradesh HC had in August 2015 ordered the archaeology department to study Lord Rama’s route as per Ramayana (Ram Van Path) during his exile. It had asked the department to conserve sites of archaeological importance along the route within three months.
The study concluded historical importance of these sites. But the department failed to notify them as archaeological sites or ancient monuments. The study was ordered after the court heard a petition alleging no inquiry or study had been conducted and these sites had not been declared protected.
Petitioner Nityanand Mishra has now decided to move a contempt petition against the archaeology department. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced all routes the Lord had taken during his exile as per Ram Charit Manas would to be conserved under Ram Van Path Project in 2007. Mishra said Rs 8 crore had been spent on the project.He added a lease for carrying out mining activities just 50m from the ashram was cancelled in 2011, but it was again allowed three years later .