Allahabad High Court refuses to intervene in PIL seeking stay on demolition of small temples in Vindhyachal temple corridor

The Allahabad High Court on Monday refused to intervene on a PIL seeking a stay on the demolition of small temples falling in the under-construction corridor of Maa Vindhyavasini Devi Temple Vindhyachal, Mirzapur.

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice M.N. Bhandari and Justice A.K. Ojha passed this order while hearing a PIL filed by Arun Pathak. The petition had been filed to seek a direction to the respondents not to damage certain temples within the campus of Maa Vindhyawasini Devi Temple, Vindhyachal, District Mirzapur.

The Court found that earlier a writ petition was dismissed by judgment dated March 30, 2007 holding the temple in the premises of Maa Vindhyawasini Devi Temple to be a private temple and thereby PIL would not be maintainable.

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“In view of the above, we do not find reason to entertain the public interest litigation in regard to the affairs of the private temple,” the Court observed.

The Public Interest litigation in regard to the affairs of the private temple is accordingly dismissed finding it not to be maintainable, the Court ordered
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