Orissa HC Notice To SJTA On Jagamohan Photos Going Viral

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Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today took suo motu cognizance of media reports on pictures of repair work in Puri s Jagannath Temple going viral and issued notice to Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

The High Court has asked the chief administrator of SJTA, which had been set up by the state government, to file a report by December 6 explaining how the pictures were in the public domain.

Photos of repair work of ‘Jagamohan’, the hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine, were found posted on the social media.

A division bench of the HC headed by Chief Justice Vineet Saran adjudicating over a PIL in this regard and monitoring the repair works undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the 12th century shrine expressed concern over the sensitive issue.

SJTA chief administrator P K Jena had sought explanation from ASI on the matter within three days for taking further action.

Meanwhile, in response to last week s HC notice about the ongoing repair works, the Temple administration sought some more time to file the latest status report.

The HC asked the temple administration to file the status report also on December 6.

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