Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court has
issued a notice to the Haj Committee of India CEO and directed
the central and state governments to file their replies
within four weeks on a PIL seeking reimbursement to Hajis of
the amount charged from them at the start of the pilgrimage
but not utilized during the course of it.
The order was passed by the Chief Justice F I Rebello and
Justice D P Singhcame of the Lucknow Bench of the high court
on a PIL filed by one Shakeel Ahmad.
His lawyer S K Singh submitted that the Haj Committee
charged Rs 1 lakh from every Haji for the pilgrimage but the
actual expenses incurred over the journey were Rs 93.84
thousand only. The rest of the amount is not returned to them.
In 2009, 1.4 lakh people undertook the Haj pilgrimage and
the amount "bungled" in this manner adds up to Rs 64 crore, he