The division bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Partha Sarthy, while hearing the PIL filed by one Bimla Shankar Mishra, a retired teacher from Navoday Vidyalaya, passed this order on Tuesday. These officers have to ensure their appearance on November 29.
The petitioner has prayed for cordoning off the entire temple structure by getting it segregated from the jail premises and handing over the temple management to Bihar State Board of Religious Trust (BSBRT), a statutory body constituted for management, preservation and protection of all public religious trusts of Hindus in Bihar.
Objecting to the prayers made in the PIL on the grounds of security threats to the jail, additional advocate general (AAG) Anjani Kumar argued that there was already a committee headed by the jail superintendent for the management of day-to-day affairs of the said temple. “There was also a jail break episode by Maoists at Jehanabad and since hardcore convicts, even accused of anti-national crimes from outside state, are kept inside Buxar jail, the security there cannot be made vulnerable,” Kumar argued. He further questioned the jurisdiction of the BSBRT over the religious sites inside a jail.
Appreciating the submissions of AAG, the high court summoned the officers concerned to interact on inclusion of suitable persons and representatives from reputed social organisations, so as to form the managing committee in order to make the said temple accessible to public at large, without causing any insecurity to the central jail.