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Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar gives clean chit to govt over Puri eviction

Puri:7/9/19: Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta and Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar found that the eviction drive being carried out around Puri Srimandir is in public interest and in prior consultation with all those whose structures have been demolished.

The duo first met Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb and later held a closed-door meeting with Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief Krishan Kumar, Advocate General Ashok Parija and other officials of the district to find out whether the decision taken by the government with regard to removal of structures up to 75 metres from the Meghanad Pacheri of the 12th century shrine, is in favour of people or not.

By giving a clean chit to Odisha government and district administration, Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar stated that “we are being sent by the top court to look into the action of the state government and we found that the decision taken in view of converting Puri into a World Heritage city is not affecting people in any which way.”

“No one is being forced during the eviction process and all that is being carried out now will benefit everyone,” Kumar added.

It is pertinent to mention here that, the Solicitor General of India and the Amicus Curiae are in the Pilgrim Town to inquire into allegations of unauthorised eviction drive going on around Srimandir jointly by the district administration and Odisha government. This apart, the Supreme Court has asked them to apprise it by filing a detailed report in this connection.

About Ashok Palit

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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