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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM (IST)

Vaishno Devi: SC stays Rs 50 lakh fine on govt

New Delhi, April 16

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposing a cost of Rs 50 lakh on the J&K Government for not finalising a rehabilitation plan for the owners of horses and mules, who have been barred from plying from Katra to the Vaishno Devi shrine.

The apex court said no coercive action shall be taken till it decides the appeal of the state government.

A bench of Justcies MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta said for the time being, the NGT order imposing cost of Rs 50 lakh on the government was stayed and no coercive action could be taken.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and advocate Shoeb Alam, appearing for the state government, said the draft policy on rehabilitation of owners of mules and horses was ready and some more time was sought from the tribunal, which however imposed a heavy cost.

Maninder Singh said the draft policy had to be cleared by the state Cabinet after which it could be implemented.

The bench said it would hear the matter and stayed the direction of tribunal imposing cost on the state government. — PTI

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