Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Uttarakhand HC disposes of PIL on Roorkee dargah management

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The Uttarakhand High Court has recently directed the Chief Executive Officer, Waqf Board, Dehradun to take a decision for tendering the contract of performing offerings and donations in Dargah Sabir Pak, Piran Kaliyar, Roorkee, Haridwar (Dargah Sharif).

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice S.K. Mishra and Justice R.C. Khulbe disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one Ikram Ali seeking a  direction to Waqf, Dargah Sharif (respondent no. 2) to invite tenders for the contract of collection of donation as well as contract of receiving the offerings like chadar, prasad, flowers and itr at the earliest and to keep strict vigil over the funds collected by respondent no. 2.

Pankaj Miglani, the counsel for the petitioner, brought to the notice of the Bench the letter written by respondent no. 2 through its Chief Executive Officer, namely, Ahmed Iqbal, IAS, who has brought to the notice of the Dy. Secretary, Minority Welfare Department, Uttarakhand Administration, the difficulties faced by pilgrims as well as by the Management of Dargah Sharif and requested that appropriate steps may be taken by the Uttarakhand Government for tendering the contract of performing offerings and donations in Dargah Sharif.

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Though even the letter has been written on 01.10.2021, no decision has been taken by the administration as yet.

The Bench was of the view that the Chief Executive Officer of the Uttarakhand Waqf Board, Dehradun, is the competent authority to take a decision in this regard. 

Hence, the High Court  disposed of the PIL  giving liberty to the petitioner to make appropriate and properly articulated representation before the Chief Executive Officer, Waqf Board, Dehradun i.e. respondent no. 1 within a period of 10 days attaching certified copy of this order and copy of the brief. 

On such an event, the Chief Executive Officer, Waqf Board, Dehradun, shall after affording reasonable opportunity of hearing of the petitioner and such person interested in the management of the Dargah Sharif shall take a decision within a period of 30 days by a speaking and reasoned order, ordered the Bench.

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