Supreme Court ordered judicial audit of the all religious bodies in India

DATED: 23.08.2018

While hearing on a PILs on entry, assets and hygiene standards in the Jagannath Puri Temple, the Supreme Court  headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice S Abdul Nazeer have ordered judicial audit of all religious places and charitable institutions across India, asking district courts to examine complaints with regard to hygiene, management, utilisation of offerings and protection of assets of these institutes.

The division bench ordered inter alia ,”If any devotee moves the jurisdictional district judge throughout India with any grievance on the above aspect, the district judge may either himself/herself or by assigning the issue/matter to any other court under his/her jurisdiction examine above aspects and if necessary send a report to the high court. We have no doubt that the High Court will consider these aspects in public interest in accordance with law and issue such judicial directions as becomes necessary having regard to individual fact situation.”

The matter further posted for hearing on next 5th September 2018.