Decided on March 11,1997

STATE OF H P. Respondents


M SRINIVASAN,C.J. - (1.)In this writ petition the order passed by Deputy Commissioner, Una on 24 -1 -1995 appointing certain non -official members in the place of writ petitioners as members of the Managing Committee for Chintpurni Temple pursuant to a direction given by this Court in Civil Revision No. 79 or 19*8 and Civil Revision No 218/1988 in super session of the earlier order dated 20 -5 -1995 and the order passed by the Divisional Commissioner, Kangra Division on appeal No 3/96 -M confirming the order of the Deputy Commissioner, are challenged. In Civil Revisions No. 79/1988 and 2)8/1988 this Court passed an order on 17 -12 -1994 confirming the directions given in the interim order passed earlier. The relevant part of the directions are to the effect that the Commissioner (D C, Una) shall constitute a Managing Committee consisting of 7 official members which would be nominated by the Commissioner from Revenue, Administration, P.W D. (B & R), RW D (I & PH), Development, Police and Health department respectively. In addition thereto, the Commissioner shall nominate 4 non -official members from the Panchayat where the temple was situated In case the Panchayat members were not available four non -official members to be nominated from the area where the temple was situated Other parts of the directions are not relevant for the present petition.
(2.)The interim order was passed on 12 -81988, The final order was passed on 27 -J2 -1994 It was only on 20 -5 1995 the D C. Una who was the Commissioner of the Temple passed an order constituting a Managing Committee The present petitioners were appointed as non -official members. By order dated 24 -1 -1996 the D C. Una removed the present petitioners from the Managing Committee and in their place appointed four non official members who were members of the Gram Panchayat as Pradhan Up -Pradhan and members Aggrieved by the said order the present petitioners filed the appeal before the Divisional Commissioner. The appellate authority found that the initial order appointing the petitioners as non -official members was not in consonance with the directions issued by this Court and it was not a volid order. The appellate authority also held that by passing the revised order, the Commissioner, has not committed any irregularity and on the contrary he had Set right his mistake. Consequently, he dismissed the appeal.
(3.)Even on the face of it the order dated : 0 -5 1995 appointing the petitioners as non -official members is unsustainable inasmuch as they were not members of the Panchayat and it was not as if Panchayat members were not available on that date. It is not in dispute that even on 20 -3 - i9 5 the concerned panchayat had several members from out of whom non -official members could have been appointed. In the circumstances the order dated 24 -1 -1996 is correct m it is only in rectification of the earlier wrong order passed on 20 5 -1995. The view expressed by the appellate authority is correct and we do not find any justification whatever to interfere with the said order.

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