Forcible sealing of donation boxes: Dharmarth Trust files contempt case



JAMMU: The Dharmarth Trust on Saturday filed contempt case before 2nd Additional District Judge Jammu against the members of Dharmarth Trust Employees Association (DTEA) and others for sealing donation boxes in Purmandal Shrine forcibly in contradiction to court orders restraining them from interfering in normal affairs of the Trust including matters concerning donations/offerings. The Dharmarth Trust through its Secretary Dr Gopal P Sharma has filed contempt case before aforesaid court against Vivek Bandral, President DTEA, Sumit Sharma, Secretary DTEA, Anil Sharma, Pujari Temples at Purmandal, Samba, Rashida Begum, Chairman, Block Development Council, Purmandal and Joginder Pal Sharma Sarpanch Panchayat Halqa Purmandal for forcibly sealing the donation boxes on April 7, 2021 at Purmandal Shrine. Pertinent to mention that on aforesaid date the respondents in the contempt case along with others in sheer contradiction to court orders dated March 18th 2021 issued in the petition filed by the Dharmarth Trust vide file No. 76/civil suit titled J&K Dharmarth Trust versus DTEA and others, indulged and interfered in the affairs of Dharmarth Trust by way of sealing the donation boxes of Purmandal Shrine forcibly.
The court after hearing Advocate Ajay Gandotra (President Dharmarth Trust) in the aforesaid contempt petition fixed the next date of hearing on April 28, 2021 and also directed SHO Samba to seek appearance of Pt. Anil Sharma, Rashid Begum Chairman BDC and Joginder Pal, Sarpanch purmandal in the court for explaining their conduct having committed contempt of court order.
According to court order dated March 18, 2021, the non-applicants/respondents were temporarily restrained from interfering into the peaceful and uninterrupted conduct and operation of the Dharmarth Trust affairs which include the religious activities in the temples and other allied properties/institutions owned, managed and controlled by the Trust. Besides they were also temporarily restrained from causing any interference in the collection of donation/offerings from the religious temples.
Despite clear directions, the aforesaid respondents sealed the donation boxes lying in the Purmandal Shrine and with criminal intention and motive forcibly entered the premises of the temple not with an intention to offer prayer but to cause obstruction in the functioning of the affairs of the Trust with use of muscle power of the men including Panchs namely Suresh Kumar, Kamlesh Devi, Ram Lal Sharma and Naib Sarpanch Rinku Kumar and one Govind Kumar, collected all the donation boxes and restrained the committee members of the Trust from opening the donation boxes for collection and counting of the offerings and even raised slogans against the management of the Trust, the Trustees by defying the lawful order passed by aforesaid court and did not allow the committee members to perform their legitimate duties.