Bombay HC directs Shirdi Saibaba Trust to pay pending dues to civic body for cleanliness, sanitation of town

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The Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court on July 15 set aside a June 2020 decision of the ad-hoc committee of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust which stopped payment of the pre-decided fee of Rs 42.51 lakh per month for cleanliness and sanitation of the town to the municipal council after the entry of devotees was suspended due to Covid restrictions.
The bench held that the state government is empowered to modify, annul, reverse or remit such a decision to the Sansthan Trust for reconsideration and can stay the execution of any such decision or order of the executive officer or the committee.
A division bench of Justice Ramesh D Dhanuka and Justice Sanjay G Mehrare passed a judgement in a group of petitions, including that of the Shirdi Nagar panchayat and others seeking to set aside the June 9, 2020, decision of the ad-hoc committee.
The petitioners had also sought direction to forthwith release the amount payable to the municipal council as per the April 2018 government resolution (GR) and provisions of the Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) Act, 2004.
The petitioners claimed the Trust’s decision to be ‘arbitrary’ and contrary to the established procedure, which it was bound to abide by for five years.
On January 19, 2018, the scrutiny committee of the Trust resolved to release Rs 30 lakh per month for five years for utilisation of the civic body to carry out work of cleanliness and sanitation at Shirdi. As per a November 2018 decision of the Maharashtra government, the amount payable was increased to 42.51 lakh per month for a term of five years.
Senior advocate V D Hon said that the civic body started receiving the funds from Sansthan Trust and carried out cleanliness and sanitation activities in the interest of the public at large, including residents of Shirdi and devotees visiting the town in large numbers and the release of funds every month was stopped in May 2020.
He added the municipal council was informed that the ad-hoc committee had decided the darshan/visitation for devotees was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and funds were not required by the petitioner and therefore the same was discontinued.
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