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Amicus Curie Backs Eviction

Supreme Court of India appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar today provided much needed legal backing to the Puri District Administration eviction drive around Shree Jagannath Temple.

Mr.Kumar said the eviction is being carried out with consent of the stakeholders and would benefit the people at large.
 
 Amicus Curie Mr.Kumar and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta visited the 12th Century Shrine and had Darshan of Trinity.
 
Later they met Govardhan Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb.
 
After the meeting Duo held closed door meeting with senior government officials, including Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar and District Collector Balwant Singh.
 
The Puri District Administration have launched an eviction drive last month in the area surrounding the 12th Century shrine and all structures within 75 meters of its boundary wall are being cleared as per advise of the Justice B P Das Commission.
 
"We spoke to the temple managing committee members, took their views and inspected the eviction drive along the four sides of the temple," Mr.Kumar told Media.
 
"During our interaction with the people, we found out that no one is being forced during the eviction drive and the work that is being carried out now will benefit the people," said Mr.Kumar.
 
Mr.Kumar also said he discussed with the officials about the State Government's development plans for Puri.
 
"The Apex Court has asked us to look into the action of the State Government," Amicus Curie informed adding  "We have found the decision taken to convert Puri into a world heritage city is not adversely affecting local people. The work will help devotees and visitors."
 
Referring to the protests by local residents and monks, Mr.Kumar said the eviction drive was undertaken after negotiation. "There is no need to stop the eviction drive," he said.
 
Mr.Kumar pointed out that necessary preparations would have to be taken for 'Nagarjuna Bhesa' -- in which the Trinity are dressed like warriors -- that will be held next year after 25 years.

More than 15 lakh devotees are expected to witness the grand ceremony.
 


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