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Guj HC seeks govt reply on PIL against Pavitra Yatradham Board

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The High Court on Wednesday sought the government's reply on a public interest litigation which calls setting up of the Yatradham Board illegal as it promotes pilgrimage sites of only one religion.

A division bench of R and Justice V M Pancholi asked the government pleader to seek instructions from the state government, and adjourned the hearing to December 12.

The Yatradham Board was set up by the government in 1997 to promote pilgrimage sites in the state.

The PIL filed by said the Board announced its first list of six religious sites -- Ambaji, Dakor, Girnar, Palithana, Somnath and Dwarka -- for promotion as "yatradham" (holy pilgrimage sites) in August 1997.

Over time, the list grew to 358 places, but "not a single of other religions (apart from Hinduism) has been included", said the PIL, filed through K R Koshti.

"The action of the 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 is in contravention of the provisions of the Constitution," it alleged.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 22:10 IST