Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, June 30:
Evena as the Odisha High Court Monday could not take up the PIL seeking judicial probe into the ‘Bramha Parivartan’ fiasco, another petition was filed in the court with a similar prayer.
The court had listed the earlier PIL in the matter filed by Umakanta Patnaik, a social activist, for hearing on Monday. However, the matter could not be taken up since the lawyers gathered at a condolence meeting following the death of a member of the bar.
The court had issued notices to the state government and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) last Wednesday and had asked them to respond to the PIL filed by Patnaik.
The Court had ordered the state chief secretary, the Law secretary and the chief administrator of SJTA to respond within two weeks.
A similar PIL was filed Monday by Sibadatta Ramprasad Mishra seeking a judicial inquiry into the alleged irregularities committed during the transfer of Brahma of the presiding deities of Shree Jagannath temple.
The petitioner contended that the Brahma Parivartan that took place on June 16 was in violation of the centuries-old temple tradition.
The petition claimed that the ‘irregularities’ have hurt the religious sentiments of millions of devotees of Lord Jagannath worldwide.