Supreme Court defers hearing on Jagannath Temple reforms

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Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court’s scheduled hearing on reforms of Jagannath Temple in Puri has been deferred by four weeks after the amicus curiae of the case sought more time to submit the report.

Gopal Subramanium, who has been appointed amicus curiae in the case, sought more time from the apex court to examine the Srimandir. He is scheduled to visit the temple in the second week of this month.

The Supreme Court in its hearings on June 8 and July 5 had suggested reformative measures for the 12th century shrine and directed the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration to implement 12 proposals.

On the other hand, a three-member expert committee constituted by the Odisha government to study the management practices adopted by several major temples has submitted its report to the top court.

The state government had formed the panel after the Supreme Court on June 8 had passed a slew of directions to prevent exploitation of devotees by staff at the Jagannath temple of Puri.

The committee reportedly visited Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh, Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi and other important shrines of the country and studied the management schemes of these shrines.

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