New Delhi:Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has reserved the order on the petition in which the petitioner has said that illegal excavation and construction is being done allegedly by the Orissa government near the Shri Jagannath Temple in Orissa. A bench headed by Justice BR Gavai of the Supreme Court has said that it will pass orders in the matter. Earlier, the parties presented their arguments in the matter.
The petitioner’s counsel Mahalakshmi Pavani argued that no construction work can take place in the protected area, which is prohibited. But the state government did not take permission for construction in this regulated area. On the other hand, Advocate General Ashok Kumar Parja, appearing for the Orissa government, justified the action of the state government. He said that the plan is being done for the beautification of the temple. 60 thousand people visit the temple daily and more toilets are needed.
An application has been filed in the Supreme Court saying that the Lord Shri Jagannath temple located in Orissa should be protected. The petitioner has claimed that the excavation and construction work is going on near the Shri Jagannath Temple and all this is being done by the Orissa Government. A request has been made to preserve the temple. After the arguments of both the sides, the Supreme Court has reserved the decision till Friday.