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Odisha, Centre in favour of Puri Rath Yatra, tell SC can happen without people participation

22/06/2020 at 12:17 PM

New Delhi, June 22: The hearing process on the conduct of Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath started in the Supreme Court today while the “agyan malas” (garlands of diktat) were placed on the three chariots at Puri.

An intervenor petition was filed in the Supreme Court today by the state government before the beginning of the hearing of the review petition filed by various stakeholders in the court of single Judge bench comprising of Justice Arun Kumar Mishra.

The state government has modified its stand and prayed for allowing conduct of Puri Rath Yatra by abiding to Covid-19 guidelines.

The review petition prayed for the revision of the judgement delivered on June 18 not to hold the world famous Puri Rath Yatra this year in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.

The judgement was delivered by a three-member division bench which cannot be adjudicated by a single judge bench. The single judge bench Justice Mishra, therefore, sought the views of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice S.A. Bobde on the matter, court sources said.

As soon as the court proceeding began this morning, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta mentioned about the urgency of the matter and urged the court for immediate hearing of the petition today.

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