The Orissa High Court on Tuesday decided to deliver on Wednesday the final verdict on a batch of at least 25 writ petitions filed by different Puja Committees of Cuttack city seeking judicial intervention to relax the administrative restrictions imposed on the Durga Puja celebrations.
A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq adjourned the hearing when a consensus emerged among the petitioners’ counsels and the Government counsels that a meeting would be convened by the police administration later in the evening to address the issue amicably.
The meeting convened by the DCP to decide the matter was underway when this report was prepared.
A limited number of office bearers of Puja Committees, local leaders, counsels of the petitioners and some intellectuals and senior citizens were invited to the meeting.
The petitions have challenged the Government’s diktat for limiting the height of the clay idols of the deities to four feet and cover the puja pandals from three sides. The Puja Committees are upset over these two restrictions.
Since idol making is a long exercise, some pandals had already begun making them since last month. And the idol makers particular formats for different idols.