SC orders judicial audit of all religious places

Supreme Court of India
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The Supreme Court has ordered district courts to conduct audits of all religious places and charitable institutions in India on the issue sof hygiene, assets and accounts.

District magistrates will conduct an audit of all the temples, mosques, churches and other religious and charitable institutions with regard to hygiene, assets and accounts.

It had asked the district magistrate to examine complaints in these respects and send reports to the High Courts which would treat them as PILs.

District magistrates will conduct an audit and send the report to a high court which can treat the reports as a Public Interest Litigation, according to a Times of India report.

A bench of Justices Adarsh L Goel and S Abdul Nazeer, in July, said, “Difficulties faced by visitors, deficiencies in management, maintenance of hygiene, appropriate utilisation of offerings and protection of assets with regard to shrines, irrespective of religion, is a matter for consideration not only for the state government and the central government but also courts.”

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