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[Lord Jagannath Temple] SC Reserves Orders On Matter Alleging Illegal Excavation, Sr. Adv. Mahalakshmi Pavani Represents Petitioner

Lawstreet Journal 2 Jun 2022 9:08pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary [Lord Jagannath Temple]  SC Reserves Orders On Matter Alleging Illegal Excavation, Sr. Adv. Mahalakshmi Pavani Represents Petitioner

On Thursday, the Supreme Court reserved its order in two petitions alleging that the Odisha government carried out illegal excavation and construction work on the premises of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.

Orders will be pronounced by the Apex Court tomorrow.

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 being 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… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Sr. Adv. Mahalakshmi Pavani   Lord Jagannath Temple   Supreme Court of India   Odisha government   Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act 1958   Advocate Vinay Navare   Section 19(1)   Section 20A   Senior Advocate Pinaki Mishra   Odisha High Court  
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