Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing in the Puri Shree Jagannath Temple reforms case to March 5 due to unavailability of Justice AK Sikri.
A two-judge bench comprising Justices S Abdul Nazeer and MR Shah observed that since Justice AK Sikri was unavailable for the hearing so the bench post the matter for hearing on March 5.
Amicus Curiae Ranjeet Kumar submitted in the court that he had visited the 12th century shrine on February 23 following the order of the SC and met various stakeholders, including Temple Managing Committee Chairman and Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator PK Mohapatra, temple officials, and servitors there.
He sought more time to submit report to the court.
After visiting the temple and holding discussions with different stakeholders Kumar had said that there was scope for improvement at the shrine.