The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday sought the government's reply on a public interest litigation which calls setting up of the Pavitra Yatradham Board illegal as it promotes pilgrimage sites of only one religion.
The PIL filed by Mujahid Nafees said the Board announced its first list of six religious sites -- Ambaji, Dakor, Girnar, Palithana, Somnath and Dwarka -- for promotion as "Pavitra yatradham" (holy pilgrimage sites) in August 1997.
"The action of the state government in selecting only a particular religion for promoting its religious spots is arbitrary, discriminatory and unconstitutional and therefore the same deserves to be quashed and set aside," the PIL said.
"Taxes and proceeds collected from citizens should not be spent over the promotion and maintenance of religious sites of a particular religion," it said.
"Therefore, the constitution of the Pavitra Yatradham Board is in contravention of the provisions of the Constitution," it alleged.
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