Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 11:
The Odisha government today submitted the report of the Justice PK Mohanty Commission on Shree Jagannath Temple’s security to the Odisha High Court.
The court has fixed July 18 as the next date of hearing in the PIL alleging failure of the Odisha government and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in providing adequate security to the 12th century Hindu shrine and its devotees.
The High Court on May 15 had issued notices to the State government, SJTA and Puri collector with regard to the security concerns of the Shree Jagannath Temple while asking the government to table the report of the Justice PK Mohanty commission on Shree Jagannath Temple’s security.
It may be mentioned here that senior advocate Chittaranjan Mohanty had stated through a PIL that the centuries 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 had 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 in the matter 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.