Puri: Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar visited Puri Srimandir today morning to offer prayer. The duo arrived at Bhubaneswar last night.Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar, who is in Puri hailed the Odisha Government’s initiative for making Puri a world heritage city on Saturday.
The ongoing eviction drive near #Srimandir is in public interest as it will help develop the holy city; no one is being forced during the process, says Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar after a meeting with Puri Gajapati, SJTA chief & other senior officials.
They reached the Sri Jagannath temple at around 7 am today and was welcomed at the Singha Dwara amidst tight security and led to the shrine’s ‘Bhitara Katha’ by servitors for darshan of the Trinity. Officials including Puri Collector Balwant Singh and SP Umashankar Das were also present at the shrine to welcome them.
Both Mehta and Kumar offered prayers to the Holy Trinity and spent over an hour inside the temple. They also visited the Anand Bazaar, Koili Baikuntha, garden, Chahani Mandap, and Snana Bedi (the bathing altar) present inside the shrine’s premise.
The Solicitor General of India and the Amicus Curiae are in the Pilgrim Town to inquire into allegations of unauthorised eviction drive going on around Srimandir jointly by the district administration and Odisha government. This apart, the Supreme Court has asked them to apprise it by filing a detailed report in this connection.