DELHI: The Delhi High Court asked Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board to respond to a public interest litigation petition alleging malpractices and black marketing by agents while booking helicopter tickets for Amarnath Yatra.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Sachin Datta directed the shrine board to file its response in the matter by May 31 when the case will be considered next.
The Court was dealing with a petition by an organization named the Indian Council of Legal Aid and Advice filed through advocate Avadh Bihari Kaushik.
It was stated that whenever a person goes to book an online ticket for helicopter rides to Amarnath, he is directed to the websites maintained by the helicopter companies and these websites have hired agents.
These agents are already in Jammu and Srinagar and charge exorbitant rates for the packages thereby, causing monetary loss to the government and the shrine board, the petitioner alleged.
A direction was therefore sought to the shrine board to make its own portal like the IRCTC for booking of the tickets
Counsel appearing for the shrine board however submitted that a process for the same is already underway and everything will be available through its website in a few days.
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