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Chhath Puja at the Yamuna: Supreme Court asks petitioner to approach authority concerned

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a petition seeking directions for cleaning of the Yamuna for Chhath Puja in the capital.

The Bench headed by Justice S. Abdul Nazeer directed Advocate Shashank Jha, appearing for petitioners Sanjeev Newar and Swati Goel Sharma, to approach the appropriate authority for the same.

The petition sought direction to the Delhi government to stop treating Chhath devotees as criminals and take immediate steps to clean the Yamuna river.

Earlier, the Delhi government had issued a warning on the occasion of the festival that Chhath cannot be celebrated in some places and cases will be registered against those who visit these places on the banks of the Yamuna.

The PIL had been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Delhi government and the police to permit Chhath Puja on the banks of the Yamuna and that no cases be filed against devotees performing it.

On October 29 last year, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) had permitted Chhath celebrations at designated sites only, barring the banks of the Yamuna.

The petitioner had made the Delhi government, DDMA, Delhi Jal Board and the Centre as parties. 

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