Srimandir Reform Case: Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium in Puri to hold talks
Puri: Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium who has been appointed by Supreme Court to assist in Sri Jagannath Temple administration reform case arrived in the religious town Puri today morning.
Subramanium visited the 12th Century shrine soon after reaching in the city at around 5.30 AM and performed Puja at the Srimandir. He also visited Bimala temple inside the Srimandir premise performed darshan of the deity.
The Amicus Curiae was later moved to visit Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) officials at its office.
Subramanium who is having meetings with Shankaracharya, members of Chhatisa Nijog and Gajapati Maharaj Dibyasingha Deb on his schedule, will discuss with them on the 12 proposals suggested by the apex court for Srimandir’s disciplinary reforms. He would prepare a detailed report based on the outcomes of the discussions to submit it to the apex court later.
Apex court deferred the hearing on the Puri Sri Jagannath temple reform by four weeks on September 5 as Subramanium sought more time to submit the final report. He wanted a thorough examination of the temple administration process as well as discussions with all stakeholders involved.
Notably, after taking up a PIL in connection with alleged mismanagement in Srimandir for hearing earlier this year, the apex court directed the temple administration for implementation of 12 proposals through an interim order after two rounds of hearing on June 8 and again on July 5 . The court also directed the Odisha Government to form an expert committee to look into the matter.
A three-member expert committee constituted by Odisha at a later stage held public hearings on the matter and visited several other shrines in the country to study management processes there. It submitted the study report to the apex court on September 4.