Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today directed the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to open Jagamohan of Srimandir in Puri by April 16. The next hearing on the matter has been postponed to April 19.
The court expressed displeasure over the temple administration for not specifying the date for opening of the Jagamohan. Earlier in the day, it rejected SJTA’s plea for keeping Jagamohan closed till August 1 and summoned the SJTA chief administrator to appear in person before it in the afternoon.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Vineet Saran ordered the temple and the district administration to open the Jagamohan for general darshan that has been kept out of bounds of devotees since the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took up its repair works two years ago on January 27, 2016.
In its previous hearing, the HC on April 5 had also censured the SJTA for failing to mention exact date for opening Jagamohan in its affidavit submitted in the court.
Notably, the High Court has been monitoring the repair work of the Srimandir in response to a PIL seeking judicial intervention for repair and renovation of the temple.