Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jul 24:
The suspended father-son Daitapati duo– Kashinath Das Mohapatra and Jayakrushna Das Mohapatra– today suffered a jolt after the Odisha High Court quashed their petition challenging the suspension orders slapped on them by the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) over the Brahma Parivartan fiasco.
Reacting to the court decree, Jayakrushna Das Mohapatra said: “I will continue to fight for my rights and move the highest court.”
The duo had moved the High Court on June 29 challenging the SJTA decision to suspend them for an indefinite period.
On July 17, the court had concluded the hearing and reserved its verdict. During the hearing, the court had also turned down the petitioners’ appeal for an interim order.
Notably, the SJTA had suspended the father-son duo under section 21-B of the Temple Act on June 24 evening for the chaos inside the temple leading to an inordinate delay in the Brahma Parivartan ritual of the deities inside the Jagannath temple in Puri on June 15.
Later, they were issued show-cause notices under section 21-A of the Temple Act asking them to reply within 30 days to the allegations levelled against them failing which it had threatened to take appropriate disciplinary action against them as per law.
Terming the suspension “illegal” and “arbitrary”, the petitioners had said: “Before Section 21-B comes into play, the temple administration should have taken recourse to Section 21-A of the Act. It has not been followed. So, the show-cause notices and the suspension orders are liable to be quashed.”