Apex court quashes NGT or­der on si­lence zone at Amar­nath shrine

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - REGION -

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.

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