BJP’s Sambit Patra today filed a petition seeking Supreme Court’s permission for conduct Ratha Jatra. The Supreme Court in a hearing has cancelled this year’s Puri Rath Yatra due to the COVID pandemic.
“Today I filed an Application for clarification/modification of earlier order of SC and sought permission for the Holy Rath Yatra of Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu in Puri scheduled for 23rd June,” Patra said in a tweet.
Patra, in his plea, has sought permission from the apex court for holding the yatra without a congregation of devotees by using services of Lord Jagannath’s 800 sevayats, all of whom have tested negative for Covid-19.
Multiple petitions have been moved in the apex court seeking partial modification in SC’s previous order of disallowing Ratha Jatra in Puri. The apex court is likely to hear the matters on Monday.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and A.S. Bopanna took the step amid rising cases of the coronavirus in the country.
The Chief Justice said such gatherings can not take place during the ongoing pandemic. “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allow it.”