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[Lord Jagannath Temple] SC Dismisses Plea On Matter Alleging Illegal Excavation

Lawstreet Journal 3 Jun 2022 5:41pm

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Today, the Hon'ble Supreme Court dismissed a plea alleging illegal excavation and construction work by the Odisha Government on the premises of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Two special leave petitions challenging the Odisha High Court's ruling refusing to restrain the state from excavating in and around Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri were considered by a vacation bench consisting of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Hima Kohli.

Arguments of the petitioners -

Appearing in one of the petitions, Senior Advocate Mahalaxmi Pavani submitted that, as per the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act 1958, the State Government has to obtain an NOC from the competent authority for carrying out any work in a protected site. The State took an NOC from the National Monuments Authority for the construction work. However, the competent authority under the Act to grant the NOC is the Director or Commissioner of Archeology. The senior counsel referred to inspection reports to submit that "irreparable damage" has been caused to the heritage site.

Appearing for the second petitioner, Advocate Vinay Navare, supplemented the arguments. He submitted that, 

"What's happening is excavation. These are centuries old monuments. Also, you can't give it to someone from outside. Report of the officer of the Archeology department records that construction carried out is within the prohibited area."

According to the petitioners, the State Government is attempting to create something by excavating more than 30 feet below ground level with large excavators, just near to Meghanad Pacheri, which… Continue Reading...


Tagged: Lord Jagannath Temple   Sr. Adv. Mahalakshmi Pavani   Justice BR Gavai   Justice Hima Kohli   Advocate Vinay Navare   Ashok Kumar Parija   Advocate General of Odisha   Senior Advocate Pinaki Mishra  
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