Court lifts ‘si­lence zone’ at dis­puted shrine

Green Tri­bunal banned re­li­gious of­fer­ings be­yond en­try point to help pre­vent avalanches

Gulf News - - India -

The Supreme Court yes­ter­day set aside an or­der by the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) that de­clared a “si­lence zone” in front of the ice sta­lag­mite re­sem­bling the ‘Shivalinga’ at the Amar­nath cave shrine in Jammu and Kash­mir.

Jus­tices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta stayed the De­cem­ber 13 or­der of the NGT while hear­ing a plea filed by the Amar­nath Shrine Board against the or­der on the ground that a de­ci­sion in a case could not be based on grounds out­side the plead­ing of the par­ties.

Horses and ponies

The Amar­nath cave shrine is con­sid­ered one of the most rev­ered by Hin­dus. The cave it­self is cov­ered with snow most of the year bar­ring a short pe­riod of time in sum­mer when it is opened for devo­tees.

Ap­pear­ing for the Amar­nath Shrine Board, se­nior ad­vo­cate Mukul Ro­hatgi told the bench that the NGT had taken up the Amar­nath is­sue on its own while deal­ing with a plea re­lat­ing to stop­ping the use of horses and ponies at the Vaishno Devi shrine premises in Jammu.

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