Odisha Cabinet decides to abide by Supreme Court order on Ratha Jatra


Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to abide by the Supreme Court’s decision earlier on the day against holding of the Rath Yatra in Puri and elsewhere in Odisha.

As the Cabinet meeting began under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Advocate General Ashok Parija submitted a copy of the apex court’s order.

The decision to comply with the court’s decision was taken after Law Minister Pratap Jena moved a resolution in this regard.

In Cabinet meeting it was decided to inform Shri Jagannath Temple Management Committee to implement the SC directives. Also DMs have been directed to inform temple MCs in the districts & other institutions to implement SC directives.

It should be noted that Supreme Court today stayed the annual Rath Yatra held in Puri. The three-judge Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and Dinesh Maheshwari noted, “There shall be no activity associated with the rath yatra during this period. Lord Jagannath will not forgive us if we allow it.”

An NGO had earlier moved the apex court seeking a stay on the yatra, arguing it will cause “catastrophic spread” of COVID-19 if permitted.