Tribune Information Service
New Delhi, October 16
Two NGOs on Friday moved the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to an Uttarakhand Excessive Courtroom verdict upholding the validity of the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Administration Act, 2019, that entrusted administration of holy shrines, together with Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, to a Board headed by the Chief Minister.
The 2 NGOs—Folks for Dharma and Indic Collective Belief – have challenged the July 21 verdict dismissing two petitions, together with one filed by senior BJP chief Subramanian Swamy—difficult the validity of the Act.
Citing the Supreme Courtroom’s verdicts, the petitioners submitted that “…no State legislation can take away the precise of administration of a spiritual establishment utterly and indefinitely out of the palms of the group and vest the identical in a secular authority.”
They mentioned, “Provisions of the impugned Act oversteps the constitutional mandate of State’s capability to control secular facets of the administration of spiritual establishments underneath Article 25 and 26 and in addition works in opposition to Article 31A together with the precedents set by the judgments of this Hon’ble Courtroom.”
A Division Bench of the Uttarakhand HC dominated that the possession of the temple properties would vest in Char Dham shrines and the facility of the board can be confined to the administration and administration of the properties.
Nevertheless, the petitioners contended that “The Hon’ble Excessive Courtroom has erred in upholding the validity and constitutionality of the impugned Act since its provisions are arbitrary and violative of the Elementary Rights of all devotees of the Chhota Char Dham shrines.”