HC asks state to set up new panel for Shirdi trust

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SummaryBombay High Court has directed the state government to constitute a new committee to govern the affairs of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi.

Bombay High Court has directed the state government to constitute a new committee to govern the affairs of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi.

“Considering the magnitude of the administration of the trust, a committee of deserving and competent persons is required to be constituted, which would administer the affairs of the trust efficiently and sincerely,” Justices A V Nirgude and Naresh Patil said while hearing two PILs.

“The state would be conscious of the fact that sentiments of millions of people around the globe are closely attached with the shrine in Shirdi,” the judges noted in their order on May 2.

The bench observed that the ad hoc committee, appointed by the court on March 30 last year, shall continue to operate for two weeks from the date of the order.

The court, however, directed the ad hoc committee not to take any major financial decision till the new committee is constituted. The ad hoc committee was asked to observe the restrictions put up by the court earlier in this regard.

The judges, while disposing of the PILs, said the observations made in respect of submissions made regarding the statutory rules shall be construed as prima facie and shall not affect the rights of contesting parties if they resort to challenge the rules independently.

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