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Allahabad High Court disposes of PIL seeking ban on devotees at Magh Mela in Prayagraj

The Allahabad High Court has disposed of a petition seeking to restrain the devotees from participating in Magh Mela at Prayagraj, stating that necessary steps were being taken by the state government and the Prayagraj Mela Authority, to make sure the pilgrims follw the government guidelines on Covid-19.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Piyush Agrawal passed this order, while hearing a PIL filed by Utkarsh Mishra.

Manish Goyal, Additional Advocate General, submitted that the government has already issued guidelines to be followed by the worshippers, who come to Magh Mela.

He submitted that a separate Prayagraj Mela Authority has been set up to monitor all the arrangements and check the rush of people at one place.

He further submitted that to advise people to take all precautions and not to create rush at Mela areas, they will issue public notices by different means of communication, apprising the devotees and the prospective pilgrims about the restrictions and guidelines issued by the government for the purpose.

In view of the stand taken by Counsel for the respondents, the Court disposed of the petition.

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