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BCI chief requests CJI to grant court holiday on Ram Mandir consecration day

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New Delhi: Bar Council of India (BCI) Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud, to declare January 22, a holiday for all the courts across the country, as a consecration ceremony of Lord Ram Mandir at Ayodhya is scheduled that day.

The event of Pran Pratishta, which is the result of a long legal battle, holds immense religious, historical, and cultural significance for the country and millions of people across the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other dignitaries are slated to be present for the consecration ceremony.

Manan, while asserting the importance of the event, said that the ceremony has garnered international attention, with approximately 100 dignitaries hailing from 55 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and America expected to arrive. The guest list includes ambassadors and parliamentarians from various countries. The Korean Queen, who asserts her lineage to Prabu Shree Ram Vanshaj and is a proud descendant of Lord Shri Ram, is on the list of attendees.

Lord Rama’s universal significance extends beyond cultural and religious boundaries, touching the hearts of people across the world, Manan said.

Manan, in his letter, said, “In light of the religious, cultural, national, and international importance of the event, I humbly request your esteemed office to consider declaring a holiday in the Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts, and other courts across India on January 22, 2024. This holiday would allow members of the legal community and court staff to participate in or observe the inauguration ceremonies in Ayodhya and other related events across the country.

Manan further said that he understands the importance of the continued functioning of the justice system and suggested that urgent matters could be accommodated through special arrangements or rescheduled for the next day.

Manan said that this gesture will not only recognize the profound cultural significance of the Shri Ram Mandir inauguration but will also demonstrate a harmonious blend of the legal process with the cultural ethos of our nation.

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