Gujarat HC on Rath Yatra
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[Breaking] After SC order allowing Rath Yatra in Puri, urgent pleas moved in Gujarat HC seeking stay on order halting Yatra in Ahmedabad

Three intervention applications have been moved in the Gujarat High Court seeking a stay on the Court's order passed last Saturday in which it had clarified that the Rath Yatra cannot be conducted in Ahmedabad.

Meera Emmanuel

Three intervention applications have been moved in the Gujarat High Court seeking a stay on the Court's order passed last Saturday in which it had clarified that the Rath Yatra cannot be conducted in Ahmedabad this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

This June 20 order was passed following a June 18 directive of the Supreme Court.

Earlier today, however, the Supreme Court left it to the state government and the temple committee to decide whether to hold the event at the Jagannath Puri Temple in Odisha.

The development has prompted three petitioners to approach the Gujarat High Court seeking an urgent hearing today itself given that the Yatra was originally scheduled to be conducted tomorrow.

One of the pleas has been moved on behalf of Gopal Lalji Ramji Mandir Moti Salvivad, the uncle of the deity, Lord Jagannath.

An allied plea filed by Chartered Accountant Krutesh Samir Patel, a follower of the Hindu faith and Hindutva, urges that the Court may permit the Yatra's conduct with minimal participation and with conditions to ensure that all those participating follow social distancing norms.

“The applicant only wants a symbolic coming out of lord Jagannath along with Lord Balram and Devi Subhadra on their holy chariots for the reason that lord Jagannath along with Lord Balram and Devi Subadhra coming out of temple is significant", Patel's plea states.

A third plea filed on similar lines has been moved by another Hindu devotee, Dwaitin Adwait Dave.

The Supreme Court today stayed its June 18 order to halt the Rath Yatra's conduct amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in so far it concerned Puri, Odisha following the Central Government's plea against the stay order.

Whereas the top Court had clarified that its modified order would only be applicable to the State of Odisha, the High Court of Gujarat has now been urged to also allow the Yatra's conduct in Ahmedabad given its religious significance and subject to compliance with social distancing norms.

Read the IAs:

Gopalji IA - Rath Yatra - Gujarat HC.pdf
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Krutesh Patel IA - Rath Yatra - Gujarat HC.pdf
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Dwaitin Adwait Dave - IA - Rath Yatra - Gujarat HC.pdf
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