Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been asked to clarify by the J&K High Court on its commercial policies and answer the court’s notice. As per a Public Interest Litigation filed by Advocate Sumit Nayyar, the Shrine Board has taken up the process of Aarti as a means of generating business making it accessible to only those affluent in the society.
Justice Ali Mohammed Magrey and Justice B.S Walia of State High Court have given directions to both the sides after hearing their cases.
The appeal put forth by the PIL advocate state has accused the shrine board of looting the pilgrims. The fee charged by the board for the two-time conducted Aarti is enormous that only the well-off people can afford. These rules set by the Board leave the majority of the pilgrims with no access to Aarti of the Goddess that everyone should be allowed to attend.
The petitioner has also stressed on the fact that there are no such rules within the board that charge fee for the devotions of the pilgrims. He added that not being able to give their share in the aarti, the sentiments of many yatris are hurt but this doesn’t really effect the insensitive members of the board.
Owing to the seriousness of the matter, the High Court has directed the board to put up its justification for the same.