On the 70th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure on the “pathetic state of affairs” at Rajghat and stated that nothing was being done to maintain the place where people, including foreign delegates, pay their tribute during their visit to India.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar remarked that authorities should not require the court’s push to perform their duties. “Hardly anything appears to have been done by the Rajghat Samadhi Committee to maintain Rajghat. This shows a pathetic state of affairs.“Is this the condition of Rajghat. There is no single person who comes to India and does not go to Rajghat in Delhi and Taj Mahal in Agra. Every international leader goes there,” the bench said after seeing the recent pictures of Rajghat and the conditions of the toilets there.Following this, the bench appointed advocate Satyakam as a local commissioner to visit the memorial along with the other stakeholders to inspect the place and file a report in this regard. The court’s order came while hearing a plea which alleged that Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial was not being properly maintained. The court had earlier expressed displeasure over keeping a donation box at Rajghat, saying this was a “disrespectful” gesture to the Father of the Nation.Besides, the court also directed the chief engineer, Central Public Works Department to personally inspect the Rajghat Samadhi and all related premises.The plea filed by Shyam Narayan Chouksey had claimed that the memorial “was not at all being properly and cleanly maintained”, and despite being brought to the notice of the committee and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), there has been no change in the situation.The plea also alleged that there were betel stains at the entrance along with broken tiles and garbage lying around the Rajghat.PERSONAL ATTENTIONThe court also directed the chief engineer, Central Public Works Department to personally inspect the Rajghat Samadhi and all related premises. The court’s order came while hearing a plea which alleged that Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial was not being properly maintained.

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Delhi High Court pulls up authorities over ‘pathetic state’ of Rajghat