The Supreme Court of India on Friday rejected two petitions filed alleging illegal construction work around the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri. Terming the pleas as 'frivolous', the apex court has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh each on both the petitioners.
A bench of Justices B R Gavai and Hima Kohli will hear the PIL filed by Ghade which seeks Odisha government to restrain from carrying out excavation and construction around the Srimandir.
"How was digging allowed without prior permission? Why is ASI not taking any action in connection with the Srimandir Heritage Corridor prject?" Sena questioned.
The Jagannath Reception Centre, which was being constructed inside the prohibited area under the Srimandir Parikrama Project, will now be shifted to a farther location.
Speaking to the media after paying obeisance to the Holy Trinity at the pilgrim town, the BJP leader said, “I pray before Lord Jagannath to give some good sense to Odisha government and also to MP Pinaki Mishra. This government has destroyed our heritage.”
Meanwhile, speculations are rife that the old information boards have been replaced with the new ones to keep the officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other concerned departments out of loop with regard to the construction work.
"As per the charter, OTV had aired the statement made by MP Sarangi and had later streamed MP Mishra's response to it. We had also aired responses of several others on the channel. OTV hasn't intentionally targeted MP Mishra or anyone else and has never mentioned him as a 'liar' and hasn't aired any news that degrades Mishra's respect," the channel maintains.
Meanwhile, Mishra took a dig at his detractors by saying, "Many people have 'crab mentality' and neither they will do something or let anyone do."
The parliamentarian said development should be done but within the purview of law and demanded that the Odisha government must stop the digging works near Puri Srimandir immediately.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said works on the heritage corridor project around Puri Sriamndir is underway and claimed that there is no threat of damage to the shrine from the ongoing project.
Meanwhile, Arun Mallick, Superintendent Archaeologist of the ASI, Odisha today clarified that the Archaeological body hasn’t released any NOC for construction within 100 meters of Srimandir.
The construction company engaged for different construction works near the Srimandir generally is involved in constructing bridges, erecting buildings, etc. However, temples are constructed by sculptors and not engineers, says the Jagannath Sena.
The Puri district administration had carried out extensive eviction drive in the vicinity of the 12th-century shrine to make way for the Heritage Corridor following the Odisha Cabinet's resolution for the construction of the showpiece developmental project.
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