J'khand HC asks govt to file counter affidavit on Haj house issue

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Ranchi, Dec 12 (UNI) Jharkhand High Court today directed the state government to file counter affidavit in four weeks in connection with the construction of Haj house at Kadru in the state capital.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Muthuswamy Karpagyavinayagam and Justice D.K.Sinha passed the order while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Harish Chandra Tiwary.

Senior advocate V.Shivnath appearing on behalf of the petitioner informed the court that according to article 27 of the Constitution the state government could not spend public money on promotion of any particular religion.

Mr Shivnath further informed that the state government was yet to adopt the Haj Committee Act and therefore it could not transfer land or money for the promotion of any religion.

''Already there exists a temple since 1923 where people of that area perform rituals,'' he added.

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