Suspension of Servitors: Notice to Govt, SJTA Chief

Published: 02nd July 2015 05:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2015 05:20 AM   |  A+A-

CUTTACK:  The Orissa High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the State Government and Chief Administrator of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) over the suspension of two daitapatis in connection with Brahma Parivartan fiasco.

The single judge bench of Justice AK Ratho has directed the Government and Chief Administrator of SJTA to file their responses within a week and posted the hearing on the matter to next week.

hc.jpgDaitapati Kashinath Mohapatra had moved the High Court challenging his and his son Jaykrushna Mohapatra’s suspension by the SJTA following serious bungling in Brahma Parivartan rituals of deities at Puri temple.

They were held responsible for the chaos during the rituals which led to inordinate delay in the process.

The petitioner termed the suspension illegal and arbitrary as they were not given an opportunity to present their case before the administration. Though showcause was issued against them by the temple administration, they were suspended before even submitting their replies or any hearing.

Mohapatra also alleged that he was singled out even though there were many other daitapatis present inside the temple during Brahma Parivartan rituals.

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