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"Due to the clear link between the Kumbh Mela and subsequent deaths, COVID should not be re-invited by allowing large gatherings at shrines": Uttarakhand HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 26 Jun 2021 7:44pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary "Due to the clear link between the Kumbh Mela and subsequent deaths, COVID should not be re-invited by allowing large gatherings at shrines": Uttarakhand HC [READ ORDER]

On Wednesday (June 23rd, 2021), the Uttarakhand High Court ruled that the COVID epidemic should not be re-invited by the State Government's permission to hold and authorise massive gatherings at religious locations, as well as the Char Dham Yatra. 

The government has been requested to reconsider its plan to begin the Char Dham Yatra on July 1, 2021, by a bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma.

 The Court remarked, “Perhaps the Char Dham Yatra should be postponed or cancelled, as the Jammu & Kashmir administration has previously done with the Amarnath Yatra.” 

It acknowledged that the cancellation of the Yatra could cause financial hardship for residents of the Char Dham, but noted that, "It is more vital to save the lives of the people." 

The Court also emphasised that the government was free to propose "economic stimulus initiatives" for the benefit of businessmen and the tourism industry, which is reliant on pilgrims visiting the Char Dham. It also proposed that the Char Dham shrines be live streamed for the benefit of the people of the country, in order to protect their religious sensitivities. "Such live streaming will allow devotees to see the deity, pay devotion to the deity, while also saving people's lives," the Court stated.

The Court then instructed the Chief Secretary to inform the Court of the Cabinet's decision, if any, on the opening of the Char Dham Yatra on June 28, 2021.

It further ordered the State Government to reconsider its… Continue Reading...


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