The government of Uttarakhand approached the Supreme Court in Nainital on Tuesday, requesting that the Chardham Yatra resume.
However, the Supreme Court stated that it cannot lift the ban on the yatra unless ordered by the Supreme Court where the case is pending.
The Supreme Court had suspended the Chardham Yatra on June 28, citing the lack of proper health facilities in the districts Chardham Yatra passes through and the threat of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, on July 6, the state government filed a special leave petition with the Supreme Court against the high court’s order.
Attorney General SN Babulkar appeared before a bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Judge Alok Kumar Verma on Tuesday and verbally requested the lifting of the ban on the yatra, saying the livelihoods of thousands of people were related to the pilgrimage.
However, the bank clarified that as long as the case is before the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court cannot consider lifting the suspension.