27 February 2019
Bhubaneswar: The apex court today adjourned the Puri Jagannath Temple reforms case till March 5, as one of the judges in the bench, Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri, was unavailable today, reported a news agency.
“TAKE NOTICE OF NON—AVAILABILITY OF HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE A.K. SIKRI ON WEDNESDAY THE 27TH FEBRUARY, 2019 IN COURT NO.2 BEFORE THE BENCH COMPRISING HON'BLE A.K. SIKRI, HON'BLE S. ABDUL NAZEER AND HON'BLE M.R. SHAH,JJ,” a notice by Supreme Court stated.
After visiting the 12th century shrine on February 23, SC-appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar submitted before the apex court that he held talks with various stakeholders and had sought more time to file his response with respect to his visit.
It is notable to mention here that based on the suggestions from the SJTA, Puri Gajapati, Daitapati Nijog and Shankaracharya, the amicus curiae will submit the final report to the apex court. The report will have detailed instructions on important proposals of the Supreme Court like abolition of hereditary appointment of servitors, end to collection of 'dakshina', amendment to the Jagannath Temple Act of 1954 and entry of non-Hindus into the temple.