|Law Secy to decide fee on close viewing of Puri deities|
|Saturday, 07 April 2012 03:32|
The Odisha High Court on Friday directed the Jagannath Sena to approach the State Law Secretary for redressal of its grievance pertaining to an order by Puri Temple administration in enhancing the price of ‘Parmanik Darshan’ (closer viewing) of the deities.
While disposing of a PIL filed by Sena convenor Priyadarshan Patnaik, a Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra directed the petitioner to approach the Law Secretary with an application.
The Law Secretary, on the other hand, has been directed to take a decision on the issue within four weeks.
“The direction of the High Court has come under the Rule 8 of the PIL Act,” said petitioner’s counsel Bijay Ragad adding that the petitioner would file an application before the Law Secretary on Monday after getting a certified copy of the order of the court.
The Jagannath Sena in a PIL had approached the High Court earlier this week seeking to quash the March 21 order of the Puri Temple administration which had enhanced the price of the ticket for a closer viewing of the deities.
Sena convenor Patnaik in his petition had stated that the price hike of the tickets would deprive a large number of poor devotees of the opportunity to have a close view the deities.