Puri Srimandir ‘Dhadi Darshan’ Violent Protest: Supreme Court Defers Hearing To Nov 30

**New Delhi: ** Supreme Court postponed its hearing on the Puri Srimandir ‘Dhadi Darshan’ violent protest to November 30 due to absence of ailing amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam. The untoward incident took place during Puri bandh on October 3.

Earlier, the hearing had been posted yesterday (Wednesday, October 31). It was scheduled to hear the petition on the alleged entry of police personnel into Puri Srimandir wearing shoes.

The petitioner has alleged that the police personnel committed the sin of entering Puri Srimandir wearing shoes while trying to control violent mob during the Puri bandh protesting against ‘Dhadi Darshan’ imposed by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s direction on disciplined and hassle-free darshan by the devotees.

Supreme Court had on October 10 ordered the Odisha Government, amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to submit their responses within two weeks relating to the petition.

On the very day of its hearing (October 10), the apex court had stated that no policeman should enter the temple with weapons and shoes.
Notably, amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam had sought reports from SJTA on the very next day (October 4) regarding the damage incurred in the violence during Puri bandh.

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