Bhubaneswar, June 18 (LocalWire): The Supreme Court in its order has barred organizing Rath Yatra anywhere in the state. Its written order was out today evening.
The court ordered cancellation of the Puri Rath yatra citing health as a prime reason during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The order said, “Having regard to the danger presented by such a large gathering of people for the Rath Yatra, we consider it appropriate in the interests of public health and safety of citizens who are devotees to restrain the respondents from holding the Rath Yatra this year,”
It also added, “We accordingly direct that there shall be no Rath Yatra anywhere in the temple town of Odisha or in any other part of the State this year.
We further direct that there shall be no activities secular or religious associated with the Rath Yatra during this period,”
The SC claimed that if the Puri Rath Yatra is organized it could attract large crowds upto 10 lakh-12 lakh while the whole process spans over a period of close to 10 days.
“Article 251 of the Constitution of India itself confers the right to freely profess and propagate religion subject to health,” the court said.