Appoint officer for donations at Jatrotsav, says HC, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

PANAJI: The high court of Bombay at Goa on Tuesday directed the district magistrate to immediately nominate a suitable government officer for receiving, securing and maintaining all receivables, including cash, gold, sarees, perishable valuables and other items, as well as maintaining proper records and making deposits into the bank account of the Devasthan, during the annual Jatrotsav at Shree Devi Navadurga, Marcaim.

To ensure that there is no law and order situation during the Jatrotsav, the high court has also directed the district magistrate to continuously review the position at the site and issue orders for any additional police forces, if required.

There are 15 policemen at the site and there is no situation of breach of law and order, advocate general Devidas Pangam told the court.

The district magistrate has ordered officials, including two executive magistrates, to take all precautionary measures.

The Mazania of Shree Navadurga Saunsthan, Marcaim, through its attorney Saeesh Kamat, approached the high court seeking police protection during the annual Jatrotsav at Marcaim.

The Mazania, represented by counsel Shivan Desai, submitted that despite an injunction order, Devi Navadurga Pratishthan and its trustee Shailendra Panjikar are interfering with its activities, particularly during the annual festivities.

Counsel J Supekar, representing respondents Devi Navadurga Pratishthan and its trustee Shailendra Panjikar, denied the allegations.

Supekar stated that the respondents have never been in breach of the injunction order nor will they do so. He submitted that the “so-called apprehensions of the petitioners” stand addressed by the order dated November 11, 2022, issued by the district magistrate, South Goa, and placed the order on record.

Thousands of devotees visit the temple for the annual Jatrotsav held between November 12 and 18.

Thereafter, several events related to the Jatrotsav take place till November 30.

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