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Appoint an eminent Hindu as Kashi Temple Trust chief: CIC

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 20, 2006

Appoint an eminent Hindu as Kashi Temple Trust chief: CIC

Lucknow, July 17

THE CHIEF Information Commissioner (CIC) Justice MA Khan has directed the
State Government to appoint a non-government and eminent Hindu as chairman
of the Kashi Viswanath Temple Trust within a week.

Disposing of a complaint filed by Samajwadi Party leader Shatrudh Prakash
challenging the appointment of Varanasi Commissioner CN Dubey as chairman of
the temple trust, here on Monday, the CIC asked principal secretary
(religious endowment) to take up the issue with the Chief Minister. “It is
indeed sad that the State Government has been unable to find a suitable
non-government candidate for such a prestigious position for the past three
years,” he observed.

SP leader Shatrudh Prakash had earlier moved an application under the Right
To Information Act (RTIA) wanting to know on what basis the Varanasi
Commissioner was continuing on the post.

He had sought papers related to his appointment on the Trust from the
Varanasi administration but the latter refused to part with the information
following which, he had filed a complaint before the CIC.

After hearing both parties to the dispute, Justice Khan said that the
Temple’s Act clearly stated that no government servant or non-Hindu can be
nominated to the Trust. “However, the Varanasi Commissioner was not only a
government servant but the post in future could also be occupied either by a
Muslim, Sikh or a Christian. As such the Commissioner’s appointment was
against the spirit and provisions of the Act,” he pointed. “Was the
Commissioner’s appointment merely a stop-gap arrangement? I am sure the CM
would look into the issue as to why no effort was made to fill up the
prestigious post with a suitable candidate,” he added. A total of 16 cases
were taken up for hearing on Monday.


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