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Jagannath temple reforms: Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar to visit Puri on Feb 22, 23

5/02/2019 at 1:51 PM

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curiae and former Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar would visit Puri on February 22 and 23.

The senior advocate will hold discussions with Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb, Shree Jagannath temple Administration (SJTA), servitors and all other stakeholders and submit a report to the apex court on February 27.

Earlier on Jnauary 9, the Supreme Court appointed Kumar as Amicus Curiae to assist the court in framing guidelines for managing the affairs of Jagannath temple in Puri.

Kumar’s appointment came after senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who was first appointed as the Amicus Curiae by the apex court, stepped down from his post on November 30 last year citing personal reasons.

On June 6, the top court had appointed Subramanium as Amicus Curiae to assist it in the matter in which a plea was filed highlighting the difficulties faced by the devotees at Jagannath temple and their alleged harassment or exploitation by the servitors of the 12th century shrine.

The SC in its interim order in June had directed the temple administration and the State Government to implement its 12 reform proposals. The apex court after hearing petitions had directed the temple administration to implement the 12 proposals as a part of disciplinary reforms in the shrine.

Subramanium also visited Puri and held talks with various stake-holders to implement the court proposals.

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