HC seeks reply from Centre, Air India in Haj case

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Lucknow, Jan 22 (UNI) Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today sought reply from the Centre and Air India with respect to the reported inconveniences faced by Hajis during Haj pilgrimage.

The order was passed by a bench comprising Justices Pradeep Kant and S N Shukla on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Khuddamul Hujjaz Committee chairperson Sayyad Yawar Hussain.

The petitioner had alleged that after Haj pilgrimage, people were halted at Arab Airport for several days.

Besides, pilgrims had to pay additional freight of 55 riyal per kilogram against the fixed 13 riyal per kilogram.

Mr Hussain had charged that Hajis were not even allowed to carry holy water 'Aab-e-azam' along with them.

Hearing the PIL, the HC summoned a reply from the Centre, Air India, Central Haj Committee and Uttar Pradesh Haj Committee in this regard on January 29, the next hearing date.


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