Suspension of daitapatis: HC notice to govt, SJTA

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court today asked the State government and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to file reply on the suspension of daitapatis (servitors) who were debarred from temple services following the mismanagement in Nabakalebar rituals.

The HC is likely to hear the case next week.

Daitapatis Kasinath Dasmahapatra and his son Jayakrushna had moved the High Court challenging the suspension order.

Few days back, under fire from all quarters for the Nabakalebara fiasco, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration had removed two servitors from duties as a face-saving measure.

Chief administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the daitapatis were withdrawn from ‘daita seva’ for an indefinite period by invoking Section 21(B) of the Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1954.

“Based on the statement of Daitapatis, we came to the conclusion that these two were mainly responsible for the delay,” the chief administrator said.

In their deposition before the chief administrator, Haladhar Dasmahapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Balabhadra, and Nabakishore Patimahapatra, Badagrahi of Lord Sudarshan, complained that the father-son duo created the fracas demanding their presence to witness the secret ritual of ‘Brahma Parivartan.’ This led other Daitapatis to demand entry which caused the delay.