Orissa HC raps SJTA for not mentioning specific date for Jagamohan opening


Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today reprimanded the Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) for not mentioning the exact date for opening of the Jagamohan of Shri Jagannath temple in Puri.

Although, it has been a month since the completion of their repair work, why SJTA failed to specify a date for opening of Jagamohan for visitors, questioned the court.

The stricture of the court came while going through the affidavit on the opening of Jagamohan submitted by the SJTA.

The court asked SJTA to specify the date in the next hearing failing which the SJTA chief administrator would personally appear before the court and explain the reasons.

The court will have its next hearing on Tuesday.

“The search committee that had inspected the Ratna Bhandara, has submitted its report in a sealed envelope to the SJTA. The report will be opened and discussed at a joint meeting of the Chhatisha Nijog and SJTA after which SJTA will apprise the court of the action to be taken in this regard,” Ashok Mohapatra, counsel of the petitioner told reporters.

He, however, said engineer NK Mohanty, the amicus curiae appointed by the Orissa High Court, who was one of the 16-member team that had gone inside the Ratna Bhandar for inspection, informed the court that some beams inside the Ratna Bhandar have been damaged. But there is no need for the urgent repair of the beams that can be taken up later.

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