New Delhi: Supreme Court today made strict remarks on the approval of Kanwar Yatra in Uttar Pradesh. The court said that religious sentiments are not greater than the right to life. Organizing this yatra can affect the health of all the citizens of the country. Therefore, the state government itself should take a decision after considering it. The court, while postponing the hearing for Monday, July 19, also said that if the state is not able to take the right decision, then it will issue the order itself.
On Wednesday, July 14, a bench of Supreme Court Justices Rohinton Nariman and BR Gavai took suo motu cognizance of the matter. The court had said that Uttarakhand has canceled the trip in view of the possibility of a third wave of corona. But UP has not done so. This attitude of the state governments is misleading to the people. The court had issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the central government in the matter. The court had also said that since the yatra is to start from July 25. Therefore, there is a need for an early hearing on this issue.
Today, the Central Government agreed with the concern of the Supreme Court and said that it would be better to run this yatra in a symbolic way. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said, “It will not be appropriate for the kanwariyas to come from Haridwar to the temple of their area with Gangajal. It would be better to make available Gangajal from place to place by tanker. However, regarding this The decision has to be taken by the state government itself.”
Senior advocate CS Vaidyanathan, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government, told the court that the religious sentiments of the people associated with this yatra are attached. Therefore, it has been approved. But strict care will be taken regarding this. Only a limited number of Kanwar Yatris will be allowed. Only on the basis of negative RTPCR report and certificate of double vaccination, one will be allowed to join the Yatra.
The judge was not satisfied with these arguments of the UP government. Justice Nariman, the bench’s chairman, said, “We want to give you one more chance to think. You think whether to allow travel or not? We are all citizens of India. Everyone has a fundamental right to life. But there will be a direct impact. We are giving you time till Monday. Otherwise we will have to give necessary orders.” After this, the court adjourned the hearing to July 19 and said that the state government should file an affidavit by the morning of that day.
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