The Supreme Court on Monday said it would allow Puri’s Rathyatra, scheduled to start from June 23, saying it cannot “micro-manage” the rituals and left it to the wisdom of state, the Centre and temple management to deal with that issue.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde was informed by the Odisha government that it will coordinate with temple management and the Centre to make things smooth during Rathyatra.
The bench also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheswari and AS Bopanna was informed by the Centre that Rathyatra can be conducted without compromising on citizen’s health and with co-operation of state and temple trust.
The top court said it is considering the issue of conducting Rathyatra in Puri only and not at other places in Odisha.
The Chief Justice, who presided over the hearing through video conferencing from his Nagpur residence, said that order will be made public after some time.
“The tradition of centuries may not be stopped,” the Centre said, while seeking modification of the apex court’s June 18 order staying the yatra.
“It is a matter of faith for crores. If Lord Jagannath will not come out tomorrow, he cannot come out for 12 years as per traditions,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, said.
The Puri Rathyatra is attended by lakhs of people from across the world and is scheduled to be held from June 23.
The top court had on June 18 said that in the interest of public health and safety of citizens, this year’s Rathyatra, cannot be allowed and that “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow” it.