The Supreme Court Thursday refused to allow the Rath Yatra or related activities to be conducted in Odisha’s Puri. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said it would not permit such a large gathering of people in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The yatra, which was to begin on June 23, is usually 10-12 days long and sees participation of lakhs of devotees.
The bench, also comprising Justices Dineesh Maheshwari and A S Bopanna, said its decision was in the interest of public health and safety, reported news agency PTI. It was responding to a PIL filed by an Odisha-based NGO tha sought cancellation or postponement of the pilgrimage.
CJI Bobde reportedly said Lord Jagannath wouldn’t forgive us if we permitted the pilgrimage to go on as scheduled.
(Inputs from PTI)
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