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Nepal SC settles Pashupatinath temple row

world Updated: Aug 01, 2011 13:05 IST

The governing body of Nepal's world famous Pashupatinath temple has won a legal battle against the Communist led ruling coalition, after the Supreme Court reversed the government's decision to dissolve the trust of the 5th century Hindu shrine.

Culture minister Khagendra Prasain, also the chairman of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) that runs the affairs of the shrine, through a letter to member secretary of the trust, had notified that the temple's executive committee has been dissolved on charges of misuse of the fund.

Judge Prakash Osti declared void Prasain's decision to sack all seven officials of the trust. The office bearers of the PADT on Sunday came back to the office, after the apex court reversed the decision made by minister for culture to sack them, said Sushil K Nahata, member secretary of PADT.

"The court has dismissed the corruption charges labelled against us by the minister," he said. "The minister has no authority to sack the office bearers of the trust, who are appointed for the term of four years," he pointed out.