SJTA report irks SC, asks for additional report

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By Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI/PURI: The Supreme Court was on Wednesday displeased with the report submitted by the Jagannath Temple Managing Committee on shrine reforms as it found a few faults in the report.

Expressing displeasure over the same, the apex court directed the committee to submit an additional report in accordance with the amicus curiae’s note in two weeks.Besides, the court will have the next hearing on this matter after four weeks.

Amicus Curiae pointed out certain deficiencies on Action Report relating to Quarries & Temple Land within and outside the state. Amicus will have to send a note and two files of Additional affidavit.

The hearing of the famous Puri, Shree Jagannath Temple Reforms matter has been adjourned till the next 4 weeks. The subsequent hearing will take place after the 8th of February 2020.

The ‘amicus curiae’ of the court, Ranjit Kumar has expressed his discontent over the report submitted by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

Ranjit Kumar shall look into the report in details and submit his opinion to the Court within two weeks. Whatever matter has not been taken into consideration shall be submitted to the Court by way of an additional affidavit.

It is noteworthy that in the recent past, the State Government had submitted a 100 pages report on the 22 point directive given by the Supreme Court for the reform of the Jagannath Temple.

A few of the matters such as security of the devotees, land of Lord Jagannath, property list, appointment of a full time chief administrator, price list of the ‘Mahaprashad’ and putting it up in ‘Ananda Bazar’ were asked to be streamlined by the Supreme Court.

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