SC Refuses to Entertain Plea Seeking Intervention to Declare Joshimath Subsidence National Disaster

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to consider a plea for an intervention into the Joshimath subsidence issue and declare the crisis a national disaster.

The Supreme Court Bench, headed by Chief Justice of India, Justice D Y Chandrachud, dismissed the plea of Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati seeking immediate intervention by it.

The bench, also including Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala, asked the petitioner to move the Uttarakhand High Court with a fresh intervention application.

The Apex Court said the Uttarakhand High Court can suitably redress the grievances including relief and rehabilitation to the affected people. The Chief Justice of India said as a matter of principle, the top court should allow the HC to deal with the matter.

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