23 February 2019
Puri: On reaching capital city Bhubaneswar last night, former Solicitor General of India and Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar visited Puri Srimandir early today morning to offer his prayers and then went on to hold talks with various stakeholders in connection with reforms suggested by the apex court.
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.
Earlier this week, Priya Hingorani, assistant to the amicus curiae had also visited Puri. She reviewed relevant documents and proposed to go through additional documents on the Jagannath Temple administrative affairs.
Reports stated that the amicus curiae will submit the report of his findings to the Supreme Court before February 27.