Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petition against the construction and excavation at the Shree Jagannath temple in Puri by the Odisha government and imposed a Rs 1 lakh fine on each petitioner.
The apex court observed that as it is a developmental work, the petitioners should not have interfered in it. And as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had also given its opinion that it will carry the work forward in coordination with the State, the petition was not in the public interest but filed in the private interest of the petitioners.
Yesterday, hearing a plea against the construction work of the Srimandir Parikrama Project or Puri Heritage Corridor Project, the Supreme Court had reserved its order for today.
Petitioner Ardhendu Kumar Das and others had moved the top court alleging illegal excavation and construction work carried out by the state government at the temple. The plea alleged that the state government is carrying out unauthorized construction work, which is a threat to the structure of the temple.