Demolition Near Puri Jagannath Temple Should Be As Per Law: SC Tells Odisha

Puri: The ongoing demolition and eviction within 75 meters of Puri Srimandir should be carried out as per law, directed justice Arun Mishra during the hearing of the matter pertaining to the reforms in Srimandir.

A bench of the SC including Justice Arun Mishra that is hearing a case pertaining to the reforms in Puri Srimandir, asked Odisha Advocate General to hear all the grievances and objections before the land acquisition process.

Meanwhile, Amicus Curiae  Ranjit Kumar today sought time to submit report regarding his visit to Puri in connection with the developmental works undertaken in the pilgrim town and near Puri Srimandir.

The Apex Court granted two weeks’ time to the Amicus Curiae to submit his report while the next hearing has been scheduled for October 3.

“Amicus Curiae has sought time as he is awaiting some information on which the report will be prepared. The court has scheduled the next hearing for October 3. The court has also asked AG to oversee the rehabilitation works,” said SC Lawyer, Swataketu Mishra.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed the Amicus Curiae e and solicitor general of India to visit Puri and take stock of the eviction of unauthorised structures adjacent to the Meghanad Pacheri (Srimandir’s boundary wall) and submit a report in this regard. Based on the SC directive, both had visited the Pilgrim City on September 7.