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Sabarimala row: Priest suspended for abusive post against Kerala minister

However, the priest claimed that he is a hereditary trustee of the shrine and so he cannot be suspended

Press Trust of India  |  Kasaragod(Ker) 

Sabarimala
The Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala. Photo: Wikipedia

A in Kerala has been suspended after he allegedly posted abusive comments on against over the Sabarimala issue.

Action was taken against T Madhavan Namboothiri, the 'melsanthi' (chief priest) of the Madiyan Koolom Kshetra Palaka temple at Kanhangad near here, after the objectionable comments on his page were noticed.

The temple comes under the Malabar Devaswom Board, an apex temple body which manages a number of Hindu shrines in Malabar (north Kerala) region.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Board here on Wednesday and the suspension order was handed over to the by its P Vijayan, Board sources said.
 

However, the claimed that he is a hereditary trustee of the shrine and so he cannot be suspended.

The priest had allegedly posted abusive comments against the after BJP state general secretary K was arrested by police as he defied police orders not to go to the
 

along with two others had been arrested on November 18 from Nilackal as he tried to proceed to the despite being advised by police personnel against visiting Sabarimala due to law and order issues.

However, a Wednesday granted conditional bail to 72 people, including Surendran, arrested in connection with the row.

The has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code banning assembly of four or more people in Sabarimala and surrounding areas in view of protests by devotees over the government's decision to implement the verdict allowing entry of women of all ages into the hill shrine.

First Published: Thu, November 22 2018. 14:05 IST
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