Apex court quashes NGT order on silence zone at Amarnath shrine
NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a National Green Tribunal order that had created a controversy by putting restrictions on devotees asking them to maintain silence while standing in front of the ‘Maha Shivalinga’, a natural formation inside the Amarnath cave in South Kashmir Himalayas.
The top court said that the last year’s order should not have been passed by the NGT on a petition which did not concern the Amarnath cave shrine.
Observing that due procedure needed to be followed, a bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked petitioner Gauri Mulekhi to file an appropriate petition with regard to the pollution at the Amarnath cave.
The ‘shivalinga’ is a stalagmite formed by freezing of water drops falling from the roof of the cave and growing up vertically from the cave floor.