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Amicus curiae hold discussions with sevayats, the Gajapati Maharaja and the Jagannath Temple temple administration

Puri:23/2/19: Senior lawyer and former solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, appointed by the Supreme Court as amicus curiae to oversee reforms at the Jagannath Temple, will on Saturday hold discussions with sevayats, the Gajapati Maharaja and the temple administration.

Kumar, who arrived in Bhubaneswar on Friday night, went to the Jagannath Temple here on Saturday morning to have a darshan of the Lords.

Chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration, Pradipta Mahapatra, said the amicus curiae will hold a meeting with Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Deb at 10.30am and with the district judge at 11.30am. This will be followed by a meeting with administration officials and senior law department officers and then with the Chhattisa Nijog at 3pm. “We have proposed the amicus curiae for a meeting with the Jagannath Temple Managing Committee,” Mahapatra said.

On the basis of the opinion of all parties, he will prepare a comprehensive report and submit it to the apex court. The court, after examining the report, will hear the case on February 27.

Prior to the amicus curiae’s visit, his assistant and senior Supreme Court lawyer Priya Hingorani had arrived in Puri on February 20 and held a meeting with the temple administration and Chhattisa Nijog on the apex court’s 12-point reforms proposals.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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