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‘Bramha Paribartan fiasco probe report cannot be made public’

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Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today made it clear that the inquiry report pertaining to the Brahma Paribartan (soul transfer) fiasco during the 2015 Nabakalebar Yatra cannot be made public, saying the matter is a ‘sensitive’ issue.

SJTA Chief Administrator Pradipta kumar Mohapatra told reporters here about the decision after a temple managing committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb.

“Secrecy should be maintained as rituals during Bramha Parivartan are very sacred. Hence, the inquiry report on Brahma Parivartan mess cannot be made public at any cost. And, it is also not coming under the ambit of Right to Information Act (RTI). It will be kept in the safe custody of the temple,” said Mohapatra.

He, however, confirmed that there was gross irregularity during the Brahma Parivartan of the deities and “disciplinary” action would be taken against them.

“About 10-15 servitors are found guilty in the Brahma Parivartan rituals. Disciplinary action would be taken under Section 21 (b) of the Temple Administration Act,” he added.

Notably, on June 15, 2015, Daitapati servitors had delayed establishing the souls into the newly built wooden idols due to in-fighting among them, unleashing a hue and cry across the State.