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Will Submit Report To SC On Reforms Needed In Puri Srimandir: Amicus Curiae


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23 February 2019

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Puri: Former Solicitor General of India and Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar on Saturday held a discussion with all the stakeholders in connection with reforms suggested by the apex court.

Addressing mediapersons after the meeting, Kumar said he had visited the Srimandir yesterday evening and today morning, during which he saw, heard and learned many things. There is scope for improvement in various areas over which discussion has been held with the stakeholders.

The amicus curiae had talks with managing committee of Puri Srimandir, Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, Puri Collector Jyotiprakash Das, SP Sarthak Sarangi, representatives of all Nijogs and writ petitioner Mrinalini Padhi.

After hearing everyone and taking everything into consideration, he will prepare a report on the reforms needed and how they can be implemented and present it before the Supreme Court, said Kumar. He however, disagreed that there are some drawbacks in the temple.

As per reports, the amicus curiae will submit the report of his findings to the Supreme Court before February 27.

After his meeting with the amicus curiae, the Gajapati Maharaja asserted three areas where reforms are needed namely in matters related temple administration, servitors and religious practices. The reforms will be carried out by the State Government as per suggestions of the Supreme Court.

Reforms in the three sectors will pave way for all other reforms sought by various stakeholders, said the Gajapati adding no development has been made since Odisha government took over management of Srimandir in 1960 and various problems are still persisiting as reforms have not been done in these three major sectors.

The Gajapati hoped that the amicus curiae understands the tradition and culture of the Srimandir, understands feeling of each stakeholder before preparing and submitting his report before the apex court.

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Ranjit Kumar, Amicus Curiae

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Dibyasingha Deb, Gajapati Maharaja

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Mrinalini Padhi, Writ Petitioner