On Rath Yatra, Supreme Court says will let temple committee, Odisha govt decide

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Modifying its earlier order, the Supreme Court on Monday said it is up to the temple authorities and Odisha government to decide on the annual Rath Yatra in the state. The Yatra was set to begin on June 23.

The Centre and the Odisha government had petitioned the top court, citing years of tradition and faith.

The apex court had earlier cancelled the Yatra, citing public health and safety of citizens amid a raging coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier today, the Centre told the court that the famous Yatra, that has been running uninterrupted for 285 years, be allowed this year without public participation.