SC Dismisses PILs Challenging Constructions Around Shree Jagannath Temple

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Ratna Bhandara Issue: Orissa HC Issues Notice To Four Persons
Ratna Bhandara Issue: Orissa HC Issues Notice To Four Persons

Bhubaneswar: June 03: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed two petitions filed alleging illegal excavation and construction activities around Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri under the Srimandir Heritage Corridor project.

Terming the petitions as ‘frivolous’ and contrary to the public interest, the apex court dismissed the petitions and imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh each on both the petitioners.

Supreme Court clearly said that the construction works undertaken by the State Government are necessary in the larger public interest and are in tune with the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act 1958 and also with earlier directions issued by the Supreme Court in relation to the administration of the temple.

The Court observed that the construction activities are meant to provide facilities and amenities to of devotees.

Earlier, the Court had reserved its orders in two special leave petitions filed challenging Odisha High Court’s order refusing to restrain the State from carrying out any excavation in and around Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Giving his reaction on the Supreme Court Judgement, Puri MP Pinaki Misra said in his twitter handle,  ‘The Lord has spoken through the voice of the Hon’ble Apex Court. Naveen babu stands vindicated in his earnest attempt to create world class infrastructure to make Puri a World Heritage Site’.

 

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