Friday, February 26, 2016

Odisha HC rejects ISKCON’s plea challenging PKDA order

Odisha Sun Times Bureau Cuttack, Feb 24: The Orissa High Court today rejected International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)’s appeal challenging stop work order of Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) on the former’s proposed construction of a Jagannath temple in Odisha’s holy city Puri.

The court in its order directed ISKCON to present its side on the temple project and its construction before the PKDA instead.
The High Court on January 29 had issued an interim stay in the matter till February 17 forbidding any action in the matter till further orders.
ISKCON had moved the High Court following PKDA’s order to ‘stop work’ on the temple at Baliapanda and submit details of the project.
Following coming to fore of certain facts concealed by ISKCON, PKDA had served notice to ISKCON authorities.
ISKCON authorities had appeared before the district collector’s court on January 29 and had apprised PKDA through an affidavit that the High Court had issued a stay order following which the collector had adjourned the hearing in the matter.
Notably, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra on January 18 had alleged at a press conference that ISKCON was conspiring to construct another Jagannath temple in Sipasarubali mouza in Puri.
On the next day, PKDA had ordered stopping construction of the proposed temple till disposal of the case.
On the other hand, ISKCON at a press conference on the same day clarified that Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra would not be worshipped at the proposed temple.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on February 10 ordered for an administrative inquiry into the construction of the proposed Jagannath temple by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Puri by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central Division) and submit the report within 60 days.

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