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SC gives green signal for Puri Rath Yatra, says ‘No Public’ allowed

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Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri Rath Yatra, Puri, Bench Headed by Justice Arun, Jagannath

The Supreme Court on Monday gave green signal to Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee to organise the annual Rath Yatra despite a coronavirus outbreak.

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The apex court, which had earlier stayed this year’s Rath Yatra, said it will leave it to the Jagannath Temple Management Trust and Odisha government to conduct the festival in a very restricted manner without allowing public participation.

The verdict was delivered by a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

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The Odisha government also supported the Centre’s stand in the apex court.

“It is a matter of faith for crores. If Lord Jagannath will not come out tomorrow, he cannot come out for 12 years as per traditions,” said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

Mehta said that besides maintaining precautions, the state government can impose curfew for a day.

“All ‘sebayats’ and ‘pandas’ who have tested negative (for COVID-19) can participate in rituals as may be decided by HH Shri Shankaracharya. People may not congregate and seek blessings on TV during live telecast. Raja of Puri and the temple committee may supervise arrangements of these rituals,” Mehta told the bench.

The Puri Rath Yatra, which is attended by lakhs of people from across the world, is scheduled from June 23 and is held over 10-12 days.

The apex court had on June 18 said that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year’s Puri Rath Yatra cannot be allowed and that “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow” it.

A day after the order was passed, some applications were filed in the top court seeking recall and modification of its order.

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