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JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had issued notice to the State Government directing it to constitute Shrine Board in the Machail Mata.
This was stated by Advocates Aditya Sharma, Sumit Nayyar and Sidharth Anand in a press conference here on Tuesday.
This year, over two lakh pilgrims visited Machail Mata Temple located in Paddar Valley of Kishtwar District.
“The Division Bench, comprising Justice Alok Aradhe and Sanjay Gupta issued notices to the State in response to a Public Interest Litigation for constitution of Shrine Board at Machail Mata and a Special Investigation Team to look into the financial irregularities and assets of the Sarv Shakti Sevak Sanstha,” they said.
They said, “Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, we had argued that the management, looking after the affairs of Machail Mata Shrine i.e Sarv Shakti Sevak Sanstha and the Sarv Shakti Shree Chandi Mata Mandir, Pacca Danga had been involved in a dispute for the past couple of months over getting top position in managing affairs of the temple.”
Advocate Aditya Sharma further submitted that few months back an FIR was also registered by one of these Sansthas against the other and since then enmity had grown among them and now they are playing with the religious sentiments of the Hindu community.
“Few days back when Charri had reached the Machail Mata Temple, both the organisations got involved in tussle and the members thrashed each other while the devotees were also not allowed to pay obeisance,” submitted the lawyer. He further submitted that this enmity is costing the Hindu community at large and is denting the image of the community globally.
The advocate said that the number of devotees are increasing every year and this year alone nearly 2.5 lakh devotees had visited the Temple and paid obeisance.
“The donations and offerings are in crores and there is no audit or financial check over the same by the government and on the other hand despite so much collection, there are no signs of development,” he added.
The advocate said that the Division Bench, after hearing the counsel, issued notices to the State and gave six weeks time to file reply before the High Court for the prayer to establish a Shrine Board which will look after the management of the Temple and further for constituting a SIT who will look into the financial irregularities if any that had taken place in the last many years.
“Matter is to be listed after six weeks time period,” said Aditya Sharma.
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