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Supreme Court of India dismissed all petitions seeking permission for conduct of Ratha Jatra at multiple places in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:6/7/21: Putting an end to all speculations regarding conduct of Ratha Jatra at multiple places in Odisha, the Supreme Court of India today dismissed all petitions seeking permission for the same.

Hearing the petitions that challenged the Odisha Government’s decision not to hold Ratha Jatra at various places other than Puri, the SC Bench headed by CJI NV Ramana dismissed the pleas saying it cannot predict COVID-19 situation in the State and the state Government is competent to decide. Earlier in June, the Orissa High Court (HC) refused to intervene in the State Government’s decision to allow the car festival of Lord Jagannath only in Puri this year.

Attorney General Ashok Parija representing state of Odisha said, “Puri is ‘different’. Conditions imposed for Ratha Jatra in Puri cannot be implemented across the State.”

“Chariot is pulled by 500 people, who undergo RT-PCR test. How will the state ensure all these conditions in other parts?,” the AG argued.

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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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