High Court seeks replies regarding temple contract

In the case of the Mahalakshmi temple in Badrinath being given out on contract, the High Court of Uttarakhand has issued notices to the chief secretary, Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) and the organization managing the temple, directing them to reply within three weeks. The case was taken up for hearing by the division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice Lok Pal Singh. Haridwar resident Rakesh Kaushik had filed a public interest litigation in the high court stating that the BKTC had handed over the Mahalakshmi temple to another body on an annual contract of Rs 35,000 without the permission of the State Government. Further, it also granted permission for selling the charanamrit (consecrated water) which was challenged by the petitioner. The petitioner has contended that properties under the control of the BKTC cannot be handed over to anybody without the permission of the State Government. As the permission was not sought from the Government in the said case, the High Court has sought a response from the State Government, BKTC and the body managing the said shrine within three weeks. Read more posts… Wednesday, 12 December 2018 | PNS | Nainital–

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