SC dismisses plea to permit warkaris for Pandharpur pilgrimage

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EVEN AS the “padukas” of Sant Tukaram Maharaj left for Pandhurpur from Dehu by two State Transport buses on Monday morning, the Supreme Courtroom has dismissed a petition, difficult the state authorities’s choice to disclaim permission to finish the “wari” or annual pilgrimage on foot to Lord Vithal temple in Pandharpur, a distance of 250km.

Round 8.30 am on Monday, the buses carrying the “padukas” left for Pandharpur for the Ashadhi Ekadashi yatra. About 40 warkaris, 20 every in a bus, accompanied the “padukas”. The pair of buses have been decked up with flowers and got police safety.

In the meantime, a bench of the Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, and Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy, declined to entertain the plea moved on the difficulty by Sant Namdev Maharaj Sansthan, the Bar and Bench reported.

The petition challenged the Maharashtra authorities’s choice to permit solely 10 palkhis to carry out the pilgrimage to Pandharpur within the wake of the emergence of the Delta-Plus variant of Covid-19.

The petition mentioned the Maharashtra authorities had arbitrarily denied the permission of conducting an age-old observe of wari and that the denial of permission to hundreds of thousands of warkaris and 250-plus registered palkhis violated the basic rights of the warkaris.

The NGO added that final 12 months the warkaris didn’t press for the pilgrimage however this 12 months it ought to be allowed. The plea had urged the apex court docket to permit all warkaris to undertake the pilgrimage on foot from their houses until Lord Vithal temple and in addition to direct the state to rearrange interstate bus companies to move warkaris.

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