New Delhi: Supreme Court has given permission to Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri. The Supreme Court allowed the rath yatra with conditions. The temple management committee, the state government and the central government will organize a rath yatra in coordination with each other. This will be done by following the Corona Rescue Guidelines. However, the Supreme Court said that if there is an increase in the number of corona cases in Puri, the state government will have the freedom to stop the Rath Yatra. Earlier, the Rath Yatra took place between limited rules and devotees even during cholera and plague. The Chief Justice said that the Supreme Court is only considering travel in Puri and not anywhere else in Odisha.
However, the court also said that 10 lakh devotees are expected to gather during the 12-day yatra. Looking at the corona, it can be fatal because it would be difficult to track such a large number of traffic. In the 18–19 century, during the yatra, diseases like cholera spread.
Earlier, the Solicitor General said that Shankaracharya, Gajapati of Puri and Jagannath Temple Committee could be allowed to visit in consultation. The central government also wants that the ritual of yatra can be carried out through at least the necessary people.
On this, the Chief Justice said that why Shankaracharya is being included? The trust and the temple committee already conduct. Why is the government inducting Shankaracharya?
Central government lawyer Tushar Mehta – no. We are talking about advice. He is the supreme religious teacher. Lawyer Harish Salve said that curfew should be imposed. Drag the chariot into service or police personnel who are Kovid negative.
Chief Justice (CJI) – We know. All this micromanagement is the responsibility of the state government. Following the provisions of the Guidelines of the Center, arrangements should be made according to the public health.
According to the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta – Guidelines, the arrangement will be
CJI – Which guideline are you talking about?
Mehta – Guidelines on public health will be followed
Ranjit Kumar – Advocate of Odisha Development Council – 10 to 12 days journey. If there are any problems during this time then alternative arrangements are necessary. There are 2.5 thousand Pandas in the temple. Don’t let everyone get involved
CJI- We will not do micromanagement. According to the health guidelines, the government should take steps. We will not give any detailed order (on how to travel).
The Odisha government lawyer said that we will organize the yatra in coordination with the temple committee and the centre. The lawyer of an organization of devotees said that we have no problem if the yatra is live. In this way, worship will also be done and people’s health will also be safe.
In fact, on June 18, a three-judge bench of the Chief Justice gave the order to ban the rath yatra. A dozen petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking an amendment to this order. The Supreme Court ruled on this.