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SC notice to Kerala govt on plea for freeing Devaswom boards of govt control

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Friday sought response of the government and two Devaswom boards of the state on a plea of seeking that such boards be made independent of government control.

A bench of justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph issued notice to the government and Devaswom Board of and and sought their response in six weeks.

Swamy said that he was aggrieved by the High Court judgment refusing to strike down various sections of the Travancore- Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950.

He said that these sections of the Act were in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution and also arbitrary.

In his plea, Swamy said that before the high court it was alleged arbitrariness in the process of nominations and elections of the members to the and the Devaswom Board.

"The two Devaswom Boards administer most of the temples situated in the erstwhile Travancore - Cochin part of the present State of Kerala that includes Kollam, Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur Districts in Kerala and part of in Tamil Nadu," he said.

He said that petitioner T G had submitted before the high court that the method of nomination and appointment of the members to the two Devaswom boards are undemocratic and are in derogation of the fundamental religious and administrative rights of the devotees to be part of such process.

Swamy's plea said that the high court erred in rejecting the contention that when a temple is taken over by the on the allegation of mismanagement, is it not incumbent on the government to return the management of the temple to its original owners on the evil being remedied.

He said that the entire Act including the provisions ought to have been struck down as the statute takes over the temples for an indefinite period.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:30 IST