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Tirth Yatra Scheme Faces Legal Challenge as PIL Hits P&H High Court

Tirth Yatra Scheme Faces Legal Challenge as PIL Hits P&H High Court

A petition in public interest has been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, bringing the legality of the newly introduced Mukh Mantri Tirth Yatra Scheme under judicial scrutiny.

The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ritu Bahri and Justice Nidhi Gupta has scheduled December 12 as the next hearing date for the petition filed by Parvinder Singh Kittna, represented by counsel HC Arora.

The Bench was informed that the scheme entailed the operation of 13 trains over a span of 13 weeks in the current fiscal year, with each train designed to accommodate 1,000 devotees.

Additionally, 10 buses were scheduled to operate daily from different locations within the state, transporting passengers to various destinations, with each bus accommodating 43 passengers.

The implementation of the scheme was projected to incur an expenditure of Rs 40 crore in the current financial year.

The petitioner argued that the scheme amounted to a misuse of taxpayers' funds and wouldn't contribute to any substantial development or welfare. Moreover, they claimed that the scheme contradicted directives issued by the Supreme Court in a 2022 case.
 
 
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