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Gajapati chairs crucial meet ahead of SC-appointed amicus curiae’s visit to Puri on Sept 20

18/09/2018 at 1:04 PM

Puri: Ahead of the visit of Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to Puri on September 20 to hold discussion with different stakeholders on the slew of reforms at the Jagannath Temple as suggested by the SC in its interim orders recently, a crucial meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb here.

Sources said the meeting was attended by different stakeholders.

The amicus curiae will hold discussions with Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati, Puri District Judge, members of Chhatisa Nijog, Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, and SJTA officials on September 21 and 22 over 12 proposals of the apex court.

The proposals include giving access to people of all religious beliefs into the 12th century shrine, abolition of hereditary priesthood, and prohibition of money collection (dakina) by servitors and ban of placing utensils to receive offerings.

For years, the Jagannath temple allows the entry of only Hindus into it.

However, the servitors are opposing the Supreme Court’s certain particular suggestions like giving access to people of all religious beliefs and abolition of hereditary priesthood. They even had met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in July seeking State Government’s support to reject the SC’s suggestion.

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