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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court today expressed displeasure over the status of the report submitted by Managing Committee of Jagannath temple with regard to Srimandir reforms citing that the report is incomplete and needs revisit.

The Apex Court further asked Amicus Curiae to study the report and submit the findings based on which the final report can be filed through an additional affidavit within two weeks.

Detailing on the SC directive, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) counsel Swetaketu Mishra said, "The Supreme Court has asked us to submit another report based on notes prepared by Amicus Curiae especially the details about income and expenditure management, and status of landed property in the name of Lord Jagannath at various places in and outside Odisha."

"The SC had sought reports on the functioning of quarries under Jagannath temple and the income that is directed to temple funds. Apart from this, we were asked to produce data on the proportion of Jagannath land in various States acquired and not acquired by the management. We do not have the complete data yet, so in the affidavit, we have sought some more time. We will rectify everything based on suggestions by Amicus Curiae," added Mishra.

On the other hand, the Srimandir servitors too have opposed the Committee reports. "The report has not mentioned anything about the welfare of the servitors. I have discussed with the Amicus Curiae and he assured me that whatever changes or developmental schemes we are expecting, we should let him know this month so that he could substantiate and include them in his report," said senior servitor Binayak Das Mohapatra.

The Court has reportedly scheduled the next hearing after four weeks but the exact date of hearing hasn't been fixed.


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