Puri, June 19: The Daitapati Nijog today decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its recent order not to hold Rath Yatra in Puri this year in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Daitapati servitors who owe their origin to Lord Jagannath are associated with the service of the Lords from Snana Jatra till the completion of return car festival.
They have been pleading for conduct of the Rath Yatra this year, of course by abiding Covid-19 norms.
Supreme Court on Thursday had stayed the annual Rath Yatra in Puri. The famous yatra was to start from the Jagannath Temple on June 23 and all other activities associated with the annual program also stand cancelled with the court order.
A day after the Supreme Court’s order not to hold Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra this year, a petition was filed in the apex court on Friday for partial modification to the order to allow the religious event in Puri only amid a complete shutdown in the pilgrim town.
Pranay Mohapatra, lawyer for petitioner Aftab Hossen, filed a modification plea praying the apex court to allow conduct of the Rath Yatra only in Puri by the temple servitors and without the participation of devotees.
Meanwhile, Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati has urged the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision and allow the servitors to hold the festival with suitable precautions.