The court repudiated the Gujarat State government’s manifesto to allow the procession to be taken out. The State government, in appeal to the Court, proposed that the Heritage of Rath-Yatra should be allowed with limited people in the procession. They also asserted that custom should prevail this year also in spite of this novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikram Nath did not accept these grounds, amid situation in Gujarat is different than the situation in Odisha. As the Apex Court had in its decision noted that Odisha has a “good record of having controlled in the pandemic Situation.”

Source – The Hindu 

(By – Sanyogita)