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Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act does not amount to interference in religious affairs: Uttarakhand HC upholds validity, reads down S. 22
Section 22 of the 2019 Act was read down to mean that the Board constituted under the Act would only be administering the properties on behalf of the temples, which would continue to own the property.
The Uttarakhand High Court today upheld the constitutionality of the Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act, 2019, dismissing a challenge moved by Subramanian Swamy and the 5 Mandir Samiti Gangotri Dham (Sri 5 Mandir Samiti Gangotri Dham and another v. State of Uttarakhand and ors).
However, the Court read down Section 22 of the Act in order to save the legislation from unconstitutionality.