HC not to meddle in technical aspects of Jagamohan repair work

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today refused to interfere in the technical aspects of the repair work of Jagamohan, the prayer hall of the Jagannath Temple at Puri, undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The court, however, will continue to monitor the legal aspects of it to ensure that the works were completed as per schedule.

The ASI had earlier informed the court that the fixing of the steel pillars would be done by November, the fixing of the box frames by April, 2017 and the entire renovation work of Jagamohan would be over by June 2017, much before next year’s Rath Yatra.

Detailing the progress in the work, the ASI today submitted yet another status report to the court, following which a division bench headed by Chief Justice Vineet Saran directed its counsel to submit another status report in the first week of November.

The court’s directions came during the hearing of a PIL which had sought judicial intervention and monitoring of the repair work of Jagamohan.

The ruling BJD in Odisha and the ruling BJP at the Centre were engaged in a war of words after it was alleged that the ASI was not serious in the maintenance of the Temple.