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Odisha HC seeks report on Jagamohan pics in social media


Cuttack: A day after pictures of Jagamohan repair works of Jagannath Temple in Puri went viral on social media causing public outrage and enraged shrine servitors, Orissa High Court today directed the temple administration to submit a report in this regard.

The HC has, in its order, asked Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to submit the report over the incident by December 6.

Similarly, the BP Das Commission of Inquiry for reforms in Srimandir swung into action soon after the media highlighted the matter by issuing notice to SJTA, Law Secretary, Puri Collector and SP to look into the matter seriously and submit a report within 10 days.

The SJTA, which had informed media yesterday that a scientist of Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) in Dhanbad circulated the pictures on Facebook, also issued a show cause notice to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

“We have asked the ASI to explain us why, how and on what circumstances that incident happened. And, from on they (ASI officials) have to give an undertaking that they will only share information with us,” said SJTA Chief Pradeep Jena adding he appraised ASI to take steps in stopping the reoccurrence of such incidents.

He had told media that scientist Sadanand Sharma – who along with the experts ASI and officials of state works department carried out an inspection inside the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum – had uploaded the photos on his Facebook account in September last year.

According to Section 30-A (4-C) of Jagannath Temple Act 1953, devotees cannot take camera into the shrine. When mobile phones with cameras came into the market, the state-run temple banned mobile phones into the shrine. Violation of the Act is a punishable offence and attracts imprisonment up to two months and Rs 1,000 fine.

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