NGT not to review order on Amarnath shrine

Tribunal had directed devotees to maintain silence in front of the ‘shivling’

January 25, 2018 10:30 pm | Updated January 26, 2018 06:56 pm IST - New Delhi

A 2011 picture of the “Shivalinga” at the Amarnath cave shrine.

A 2011 picture of the “Shivalinga” at the Amarnath cave shrine.

The National Green Tribunal has refused to review its order directing devotees to maintain silence while standing in front of the Amarnath ‘shivling’ in the cave shrine.

A Bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U.D. Salvi said the tribunal had heard all the parties and sufficient opportunity was given to respondents to place relevant material in support of their contention.

‘No patent error’

“The tribunal acted upon the record placed before it including the status report and the submissions made. We do not see any patent error in the case particularly when the impugned orders have been passed in the interest of the environment in the precincts of Shri Amarnathji shrine — a place of faith for multitude of Indians and the populace world over and with a view to preserve its pristinity for times to come.

“We also cannot sit in appeal over the orders passed by us while exercising the review jurisdiction. Hence dismissed,” the Bench said.

The order came on a plea filed by the Amarnath Shrine Board seeking a review of the NGT order on the ground that it was “bad in law” as a decision in a case could not be based on grounds outside the pleadings of the parties.

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