Himachal Pradesh High Court passed strictures against the Hamirpur district administration, stating that God’s money is not to be spent for advertisement, thus barring the administration from such actions in the future.
Division Bench of High Court comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, passed this order on the Courts ‘suo-moto’ action against the Chairman of Baba Balak Nath Temple Trust, and Deputy Commissioner of Hamirpur and others. “Having gone through the material and as has been rightly perceived by all concerned in the Court, God’s money is not to be spent for advertisement about the temple or its activities.” The court said in an order dated 5th November, 2012, copy of which was handed over to media in Shimla.
The court registered writ petition against the temple trust and Deputy Commissioner taking ‘suo moto’ action on the basis of a letter written by Mr. Rajnish Khosla bringing to the notice of the Court that an amount of Rupees One Lac has been spent from the trust fund for an advertisement in the souvenir published by the Department of Tourism in connection with the Hamir Utsav celebrated in the year 2009. Temple Trust defended its action that amount was sent along with the souvenir material at the request of the Deputy Commissioner after producing the advertisement material appeared in the souvenir.
Court directed the Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh and Chief Commissioner of Temples in the state making it clear that the temple trust should not spend any money by way of any advertisement in any souvenir.