HC asks temple admin to demolish Pratihari Nijog building
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha High Court on Thursday directed the Shri Jagannath temple administration to demolish the Pratihari Nijog building located along the boundary wall (Meghanad Pacheri) of the Lions Gate of the 12th century shrine.
Vacating its earlier order on a writ petition filed by Pratihari Nijog, a body of temple servitors, the division bench of Chief Justice C Nagappan and justice Pradeep Mohanty stated that no construction taller than the boundary wall would be allowed.
The bench has also directed the temple administration to demolish the illegal structure built within 10 ft radius of both gumuta of Lions Gate and the boundary wall. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been also asked to do necessary repair works of the boundary wall within 3 months.
Earlier, the HC had accepted a writ petition of the Pratihari Nijog which alleged that the temple administration was illegally going ahead with demolition of Nijog office.