Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 15:
The Odisha High Court today issued notices to the state government, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Puri collector with regard to the security concerns of the Shree Jagannath Temple.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Dr AK Rath while conducting a hearing on a PIL, filed by senior advocate Chittaranjan Mohanty, alleging the failure of the Odisha government and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in providing adequate security to the 12th century Hindu shrine, also asked the government to table the report of the Justice PK Mohanty commission on Sri Jagannath Temple’s security.
The court will conduct further hearing in the case after the summer vacation.
It may be mentioned here that the petitioner had stated that the century old temple is a target of the terrorists due to lack of foolproof security arrangements by the state government and the SJTA and had attached newspaper clippings on how foreign tourists have managed to shoot the aerial view of the temple and uploaded it in the social media for the court’s perusal.
Mohanty had urged the High Court to intervene and direct the state government and other stakeholders to take necessary measures to protect the historical monument as well as one of the greatest living temples in the country.