Bilaspur. In public interest litigation filed by Sarhul Sarna Mahotsav Committee, Jashpur, the High Court has given two weeks to the state government for its reply and directed that the Central Government be made a party.
All over the Jashpur district, villagers have revered ancestral religious places and sacred idols, which they have protected and worshipped for years. Statues and ancient symbols keep getting stolen from those places. The people in the area are angry over the continued thefts. A public interest petition was filed by the Sarhul Sarna Mahotsav Committee, demanding the arrest of the people involved. Director, Culture and Archaeology, Collector Jashpur and SP Jashpur are parties in this petition presented through Advocate Palash Tiwari. The hearing was on Thursday in the Division Bench of the Chief Justice. After the hearing, the High Court directed the petitioner to make the Central Government a party as well. The government did not respond today. The state government has two weeks to respond.