Top Court To Hear Tomorrow Pleas Seeking Review Of Puri Rath Yatra Order

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Top Court To Hear Tomorrow Pleas Seeking Review Of Odisha Rath Yatra Order

The Supreme Court had Thursday said this year's Rath Yatra at Puri in Odisha can't be allowed. (File)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday four petitions seeking modification of its earlier order of June 18, which had stayed the "Rath Yatra" in Puri and other places in Odisha keeping in view the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Supreme Court's single-judge bench comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat will hear the matter in chamber hearing at 11 am tomorrow.

On June 18, a three-judge bench of the court headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde said that such gatherings cannot take place at the time of the pandemic.

"Lord Jagannath will forgive us if we stay the Rath Yatra this year... In the interest of public health and safety of citizens, Rath Yatra can''t be allowed this year," the top court had said.

The Odisha government had decided to abide by the Supreme Court order to not hold Jagannath Rath Yatra this year. The decision was taken at a state cabinet meeting on Thursday chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar after the Supreme Court stayed the annual yatra which was scheduled to be held on June 23.

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