A civilisation is judged by the way it treats its minorities, the Uttarakhand High Court observed.
The petitioners have failed to show their bonafide as social workers, the court said and dismissed the petition imposing a fine of Rs 10000 on each of the five.
The FIR against Rathore was lodged by Haridwar police at Bahadarabad police station recently on the orders of a Haridwar court.
Earlier, in the day, the Uttarakhand HC stayed the decision of the state Cabinet to allow the yatra from July 1 and allowed live streaming of rituals for pilgrims.
The bench took note of the prevailing Covid situation and the vaccination data of Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Uttarakashi.
Max Corporate Services had argued before the court that it was just a 'service provider', and the collection of samples and data entry were not its responsibility but that of ICMR-accredited labs.
Notably, in most case the cause of death is posted as 'cardiopulmonary arrest' to which the bench raised questions.
The petitioner, director of the lab says that they have been becoming 'victim of the media trial' and that the FIR has been lodged out of 'immense media pressure'.
The Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday asserted that the Chardham Yatra will not be allowed until it is convinced about Covid safety protocols.
Taking note of complaints of overcharging for vaccines, the court directed the government to take action in the matter.
The court took serious view of the matter and the respondents were given another opportunity to file a proper report and affidavit till June 9, 2021.
The petitioner requested the court that throughout the Rajpur region, the foothills have been systematically destroyed.
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The court also questioned the centre over diversion of Oxygen from Uttarakhand to other states without fulfilling the state's demand.
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The matter which was scheduled for hearing on May 10 was preponed for hearing on Wednesday after Anu Pant, a Dehradun-based activist filed an urgent application in the HC.
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Issuing a number of directions on Tuesday while hearing a PIL regarding Covid situation in the state, the court asked the government to issue guidelines for the Yatra scheduled to start on May 14.