Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Jun 24:
Close on the heels of the Puri Bar Association calling for a 12-hour bandh on Wednesday over the issue, the Odisha High Court Bar Association have called for a day-long cease work on Wednesday protesting against the mismanagement of Lord Jagannath’s ‘Brahma Parivartan’ ritual on June 15.
Appealing to the Bar Associations across the state to join hands with them, the High Court Bar Association demanded a judicial probe by a sitting judge into the incident and stringent action against the culprits.
“The mismanagement of the Lords’ ‘Brahma Parivartan’ ritual is inhuman and an attack on Odisha culture. We have decided to go on a cease work on Wednesday and appeal to all the Bar Associations to join this protest. We urge the government to take strict action against the erring priests and take steps for the smooth conduct of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration,” Ashok Mohapatra, President, High Court Bar Association, said.
The Bhubaneswar Bar Association has pledged their support to the cease work on Wednesday.
“We have lent our support to the cease work called by Odisha High Court Bar Association against the irregularities during ‘Brahma Parivartan’,” Chittaranjan Dash, Secretary, Bhubaneswar Bar Association, said.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties—BJP and Congress—have supported the 12-hour Puri bandh called by the Puri Bar Association against the alleged irregularities committed by the Daitapatis and the Temple administration.
The Puri Bar Association, at a meeting held on Monday, had given a call for Puri bandh on Wednesday and had demanded a judicial inquiry into the bungling during the ‘Brahma Parivartan’ ritual by a sitting judge of the High Court, immediate disbanding of the SJTA and suspension of the chief administrator.