SC-appointed amicus curiae gives clean chit to Puri demolition drive

SC-appointed amicus curiae gives clean chit to Puri demolition drive

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Puri, Sep 7 :  The Odisha government’s effort to transform the abode of Lord Jagannath into an international heritage site received the go-ahead signal today from Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar.

Mr Kumar who visited the temple gave clean cheat and go-ahead signal to the state government to transform the pilgrim city into world heritage place and advised all to co-operate with the execution of the work.

Earlier the supreme court dismissed two petitions to stay the demolition operation around the Sri Jagannath temple at Puri.

The state government Advocate General pleaded that unsafe structures were being demolished with the consent of stakeholders to create a heritage corridor around the Meghanad prachir (wall) of Sri Jagannath temple before the coming Nagarjun Besha.

The apex court had asked the Ranjit Kumar the amicus curiae to make field visit and file a report with the court. Next hearing on this case was fixed for September 17 next.

In an open letter to the Chief Justice of India, the mahants of several mutts located closed to the Jagannath temple had pleaded to stop the demolition of the mutts coming within the 75 meters security zone of the 12th-century edifice

He had discussions with the District Collector and top police officers and later called on Sankaracharya Swamy Nischalananda Saraswati in Gobardhan Peeth and had a closed-door meeting.