God’s money not for advertisement: Himachal High Court


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.

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  1. When God reside inside each human being and beyond it what could be harm to use offering money for public purpose. More over many shrines have property to tunes of Money Billion should be spent for social service. But It should not be spent on the publicity as court has pointed out in its order

  2. really the temple trusts are squandering the offered money , being offered under devotion and under esteem reverence to the revered deity ,  but the admn. spends the same with their own pictures being published in the print media at the expense of the hard earned money of innocent ones , who offer the money under the faith /good faith . MAY GOD BLESS THE COURT 

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