Supreme Court rejects petition asking for help in recognising Joshimath subsidence as a natural disaster


New Delhi: A request for the Supreme Court to step in and intervene in the Joshimath subsidence catastrophe and designate it a national calamity was denied. The petition of Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati requesting immediate intervention by the Supreme Court was rejected by the bench of the court, which was presided over by Chief Justice of India, Justice D Y Chandrachud.

The petitioner was instructed to submit a new intervention application to the Uttarakhand High Court by the bench, which also included Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala.

The Uttarakhand High Court, according to the Supreme Court, is best equipped to address complaints and provide relief and rehabilitation to those who have been harmed. According to the CJI, the top court should let the HC handle the situation as a matter of principle.