Puri temple reforms: Former Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar new Amicus Curiae
Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court today appointed former Solicitor General (SG) of India and senior advocate Ranjit Kumar as the new Amicus Curiae to supervise reform measures at the Jagannath Temple in Puri.
Kumar had earlier worked as the second highest legal advisor of the Union Government following his appointed as the SG soon after the Modi government took over the office in 2014 and continued in his office till 2017.
The appointment of Ranjit Kumar comes on the. backdrop of resignation of former SG Gopal Subramaniam from the post of Amicus Curiae in the Srimandir reforms issue.
A three-member new bench comprising Justice AK Shikri, Justice MA Shah and Justice Abdul Nazir of the apex court appointed the senior advocate’s name for the post.
The court has ruled that senior advocate Priya Hingorani will also assist Kumar in the matter. The next hearing has been scheduled to be held on February 5.
Sources said, the newly appointed Amicus Curiae is likely to visit Puri Srimandir to hold consultations with all the stakeholders and review the implementation of reform measures suggested by the apex court. He will also prepare a report on the reviews and also look into certain issues which are yet to be implemented at the 12th century shrine due to unacceptability by servitor associations.
Taking cognizant of serious allegations of mismanagement at the 12th century shrine based on a petition filed by a Cuttack-based lawyer Mrinalini Padhi, the Supreme Court had suggested sets of reforms for the temple.