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Covid- 19: Supreme Court refuses permission for Rath Yatra in places other than Puri in Odisha

Lawstreet Journal 7 Jul 2021 10:46pm

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On Tuesday(06/07/2021), the Supreme Court refused to interfere with the Odisha government’s decision to limit the Rath Yatra this year to the Puri Jagannath temple. The court dismissed petitions that sought permission to hold Rath Yatras at other temples as well.

"This year more people died, and last year, lesser number of people died," the three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana observed and dismissed the batch of petitions seeking its direction to conduct the Rath Yatra, across many cities in Odisha, and not only in Puri.

On June 10 (Thursday), the state government announced that the annual festival of Rath Yatra in Puri will begin on July 12 and will take place without devotees. The government added that only fully-vaccinated temple officials or those who test negative for the coronavirus disease 48 hours before the festival will be allowed to pull the chariots for the yatra. The rath yatras were restricted by the administration as part of COVID pandemic control measures. 

A bench comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices AS Bopanna, and Hrishikesh Roy was hearing a writ petition filed by Odisha Vikas Parishad and others, against High Court order dated June 23, declining to interfere with the State's decision.

The Odisha State Government had allowed and permitted to conduct the Rath Yatra only in Puri Jagannath temple with strict COVID-19 restrictions and protocols.

"Sorry, we don't want to interfere with the government of Odisha's decision," the CJI Ramana… Continue Reading...

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