Puri Srimandir Reforms: Amicus Curiae Submits Report To SC, Next Hearing On April 2

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Bhubaneswar: Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar submitted his report on Puri Srimandir Reforms to the apex court on Tuesday.

The SC has asked all the sides to present their views within four weeks. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled on April 2.

On February 27, the apex court had adjourned the hearing till March 5 as Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, one of the judges in the bench, was absent during the hearing.

Notably, the amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar, on his visit to Puri, held a series of meeting with the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, State government officials, servitors’ associations, Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb, Puri Shankaracharya and other stakeholders. Based on their suggestions, Kumar submitted the final report to the apex court.

The report contains detailed instructions on the abolition of hereditary appointment of servitors, prohibition of collection of money for Annadan Atika from devotees and amendment of Shree Jagannath Temple Act, 1954.

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