HC Refuses To Interfere With Jagannath Temple Managing Committee’s Plan On Ratna Bhandar


The Shri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee (SJTMC) prepared the plan of work regarding the inventory of the valuables, including jewelry stored in the Ratna Bhandar of the Shri Jagannath Temple, and repair works of its interior walls on the recommendation of the Superintending Archaeologist, ASI. The Orissa High Court has declined to interfere with the plan of work. In order to oversee the process of inventorying the valuables, including jewelery stored in the Ratna Bhandar, the SJTMC must approach the Odisha Government, according to a directive from a division bench of the High Court made up of Chief Justice Subashis Talapatra and Justice Savitri Ratho.

The State Government must form such a Committee within 60 days of the moment the SJTMC contacts them, according to the division bench’s decision. The division bench said, “The Committee shall assist the SJTMC in carrying out inventorization.” The bench noted in its decision on the writ petition that the Shri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee (SJTMC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will actively collaborate on the conservation efforts of the Ratna Bhandar and anticipated that the State Government would come forward for effective management when the SJTMC requested their cooperation.

On Tuesday, the High Court concluded the hearing on the writ case about the security of the Ratna Bhandar and transparency on the priceless items maintained there, but it deferred judgment.

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