Jagannath temple reforms: Amicus curiae seeks two-week time to file report in SC

Bhubaneswar: Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar today sought two-week time to file report on reforms carried out around Jagannath Temple in Puri, where demolition drive was launched to make it encroachment free.

The apex court, however, fixed October 3 as the next date for the hearing in this case.

A division bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra adjudicated over the case.

“The next hearing in the case has been posted to October 3. Justice Arun Mishra said that along with demolition, restoration should also be done. However, the state government should look into the rehabilitation of the affected people,” Swetaketu Mishra, SJTA counsel expressed.

Kumar, appointed as Amicus Curiae in the case of Mrinalini Padhi vs. Union of India over reforms in the Jagannath Temple, visited Puri along with Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta on Sept 6, gave a thumbs up to eviction drive carried out by Puri district administration. Kumar had expressed satisfaction over the steps taken towards converting Puri into a World Heritage city.

During their visit to Puri, Kumar and Mehta had also met Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb. It was followed by a meeting with senior government officials, including Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator Krishan Kumar.

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