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Odisha Srimandir reforms: Amicus curiae submits report in SC

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Bhubaneswar: Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae Ranjit Kumar today submitted report in the apex court in connection with the reforms for the Shree Jagannath Temple (Srimandir) in Odisha’s Puri.

The submitted report is based on the suggestions received by Kumar from the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb, Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati and servitors of the temple during his visit to Puri last month.

The Supreme Court today directed all sides in the case to present their views within 4 weeks and posted the next hearing to April 2.

Earlier on February 27, the apex court had deferred the hearing till March 5 due to absence of one of the judges, Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri in the three-judge bench. The amicus curiae had also sought additional time to file his response with respect to his recent visit to Puri.

The matter pertains to a petition filed by one Mrinalini Padhi highlighting difficulties faced by devotees at the temple and their harassment or exploitation by the servitors.