High Court to the rescue of Christian cemetery

Shimla: Encroachment of a Christian Cemetery that has been declared part of heritage drew the ire of the Himachal High Court with a double bench directing the municipal commissioner to properly demarcate the area and ensure that the graves are not desecrated.

Ruling on a petition filed by one Semule Prakash, the division bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjay Karol after studying old and new photographic evidence of Sanjauli Christian cemetery observed “we, prima facie, find that cars are parked even beyond this area within the walls of the cemetery. This cannot be permitted under any circumstances.”

Photo Courtesy: Sumit Vashist

With disputed questions of fact involved, the judges directed the Shimla municipal commissioner to settle the matter after studying the revenue records in a time bound manner by end of March, 2013.

Before disposing of the petition the court directed the commissioner to ensure that no cars are parked inside the cemetery area and also directed him to ensure that the graves are not desecrated and the cemetery was not defaced in any manner.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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