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Orissa High Court Rejects Petition For Relaxation On Limiting The Height Of Durga Idol To Four Feet

Lawstreet Journal 21 Sep 2021 8:46pm

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The Orissa High Court Bench consisting of Chief Justice S. Muralidhar and Justice B.P. Routray rejected the plea of the Balu Bazar Puja Committee (which is one of the oldest Durga Puja committees of Cuttack), seeking relaxation on the limitation imposed by the Odisha Government on the height of the Durga idol which is not supposed to  exceed the height of four feet. 

BACKGROUND 

In 2020, only four of the Durga Puja committees including the Balu Bazar Puja Committee was given the permission to use idols that were more than the height which was supposed to be maintained, in the lieu of the fact that they had already constructed the idols. 

OBSERVATIONS OF THE COURT 

This time the court has decided not to comment on the matter on the pretext that all the organizations were notified about the restrictions from August 2021 and had four months to comply with the same. 

Secondly, the Court held that even though the cases of COVID have decreased, they still exist not only in Odisha but throughout the country. Furthermore, the Court added that the possibility of an event where thousands of people would gather can act as a contagion for the disease. 

Thirdly, the Court added that Durga Puja is a huge festival all over the country and is majorly celebrated in the Eastern part of the country. The Bench held that Cuttack itself has over 150 Durga Puja Samiti/organizations, there are thousands all over Odisha and their order in favour of even… Continue Reading...


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