Allahabad High Court pulls up Government over non-maintenance of archaeological site at Kushinagar where Lord Buddha attained "parinirvana"

"It is really strange that the respondents who are otherwise responsible to maintain the site concerned are acting with lethargic ease", the Court said.
Allahabad High Court pulls up Government over non-maintenance of  archaeological site at Kushinagar where Lord Buddha attained "parinirvana"
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The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday took a serious view of concerns that the archaeological site at Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha is believed to have passed away and attained parinirvana, is not being maintained properly by the concerned authorities (Shobha Singh v. Union of India and others).

Noting that the petition involved an important issue, the Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saurabh Shyam Shamshery remarked,

"It is really strange that the respondents who are otherwise responsible to maintain the site concerned are acting with lethargic ease. No care has even been taken to remove the stagnated rain water and also the encroachments existing there."

In particular, the Bench noted that there appeared to be non-compliance of its earlier order passed in December last year. By that order, the authorities had been directed to drain out rainwater that had stagnated close to the protected monument and archaeological site at Kushi Nagar.

The Court has now directed the District Magistrate, Kushinagar and State authorities to remain personally present before the Court on the next date of hearing with a compliance report relating to its earlier order.

The concerned officers have also been asked to show cause as to why proceedings under the Contempt of Court's Act, 1971 should not be initiated against them.

The matter has been listed for hearing next on January 18.

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