Cuttack: A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed at the Orissa High Court (HC) challenging the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration’s (SJTA) notification to auction live telecast rights of Puri Rath Yatra, 2019.
One Prasanna Kumar Dash of Puri has filed the PIL citing that the decision was in violation of the temple rules and regulations. It sought withdrawal of the auction notification.
The Jagannath Temple administration has auctioned the live telecast rights for the Rath Yatra, amid protests from some of the servitors.
This year the Rath Yatra falls on July 4. The bid owner will have exclusive rights to cover the Rath Yatra rituals, starting from Snana Yatra to the Niladire Vije.
However, SJTA Chief Administrator will take a final call on it.