THE LUCKNOW bench of the High Court declined to recall its earlier order restraining the State and the Union Governments from distributing any financial subsidy to the Haj pilgrims, at this stage. The court posted the matter for final hearing on September 18.
The twin petitions moved by the State as well as the Centre for recalling the said order were accordingly rejected by the bench, comprising Justices AK Yog and Shailendra Saxena, on Thursday.
The Lucknow bench on August 25 last had restrained the State, as well as the Central Governments, from distributing any financial subsidy to Haj pilgrims and pilgrims of any other community.
The orders were passed on a pending writ petition filed by Shiv Sena activist BN Shukla in 1995 for stopping grant of subsidy to Haj pilgrims. Solicitor general of India Vahanvati and assistant solicitor general of India Dipak Seth appeared on behalf of the Union of India, while the State of UP was represented by advocate general SMA Kazmi. Advocate Hari Shanker Jain appeared on behalf of the petitioner.