Supreme Court stays Uttarakhand High Court‘s declaration of river Ganga and Yamuna as a juristic person and as a living entity. Uttarakhand government had approached the apex court stating that rivers flow through four states so Uttarakhand High Court can’t alone cannot pass such orders. Also, if the rivers are declared as a living entity or deity, then people will not be able to wash and bathe in the rivers.

SC issued notice to original petitioners in Uttarakhand High Court, Mohammad Salim and others, and sought their response.

On 20th March, Uttarakhand High Court had passed an order saying the river Ganga and Yamuna are living entities and Chief Secretary and Advocate General were appointed legal face to protect and uphold cleaning of rivers.