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Kalighat case back in HC

The Supreme Court on Monday sent back to Calcutta High Court the Kalighat temple case related to the entry of pilgrims into the sanctum sanctorum.

The bench of Justice D.K. Jain and Justice M.B. Lokur said the parties to the dispute could make their submissions in the high court, where a writ petition on the matter was pending. The apex court had on May 21, 2012, stayed the high court ban on the entry of devotees into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple following the state government’s reversal of stand on the issue.

“The government wants devotees to be allowed into the sanctum sanctorum,” the state had submitted before the an apex court vacation bench, following an appeal by the temple management against the curb.

Earlier in the high court, the state had submitted that a ban on the entry of devotees into the sanctum sanctorum was a must for maintaining order at the shrine.

While staying the ban, the apex court had noted that the concept of darshan in north and east India, unlike in the south, included touching the deity’s feet. Along with the ban, the high court had also put in place a series of measures to stop extortion of devotees by pandas and keep the temple compound clean.