Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking cancellation of Amarnath Yatra due to Coronavirus pandemic

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday (July 13) dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of this year's Amarnath Yatra and directions to the Centre to provide "Live Darshan" of the Lord Amarnath to the devotees via the internet and television in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.
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According to the report, the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said, "The issue as to whether Yatra is held should be left with the local administration."
"An assessment of the situation on the ground must necessarily be based on local conditions and numerous factors which lie within the domain of the administrative functions of the State," SC said in the order.
Shri Amarnath Barfani Langars Organisation (SABLO), a non-profit association engaged in the rendering of various services to the devotees and pilgrims for the annual Amarnath Yatra, had filed the petition.
SABLO said, "The present situation is unprecedented, and the opening up of the Shri Amarnath Yatra for devotees and pilgrims will cause to put thousands of people's lives under serious risk. Further, there is absolutely no mechanism to maintain the norms of social distancing or to track the contact that the pilgrims/devotees come into, which are a serious concern if the Shri Amarnath Yatra is not restricted," it added.
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