Cuttack: A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in Orissa High Court today praying to retrieve more than 60,000 acres of land belonging to Lord Jagannath that have been encroached upon across Odisha and other States in the country.
The Bharatiya Vikash Parishad has filed the PIL in the court. The petitioner also sought to make State Chief Secretary, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator and Law Secretary as respondents in the matter, sources said.
The petitioner prayed the court that nearly 59,526 acres of land have been encroached in 23 districts and six States in the country.
According to SJTA sources, many devotees had left their lands in the name of the Lord Jagannath as a last wish. However, over the years, people have encroached upon that land belonging to Lord Jagannath spreading over 23 districts across the State and also in six States in the country.