SC restrains Kerala court from passing orders on temple assets

The Supreme Court restrained a Thiruvananthapuram court from passing any further orders on the dispute relating to assets and management of the famed Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple as it was already monitoring the case

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 16, 2012 3:18 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained a Thiruvananthapuram court from passing any further orders on the dispute relating to assets and management of the famed Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple as it was already monitoring the case.

A Bench of Justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik said there “cannot be any parallel proceedings,when we are monitoring the case” after the counsel appearing for some of the parties informed the court about certain orders passed by the principal sub-judge.

The court also agreed to examine suggestions put forth by the committee appointed by it to strengthen the security apparatus in and around the temple whose assets are valued at several hundred crores of rupees. The Bench posted the matter for further hearing to February 23.

Meanwhile,the court agreed to “consider” a plea to seek ways and means to utilise treasures “hoarded” in places of worship for the benefit of national economy.

The petition filed by Jacob J Mappilacherry,through advocate Nishe Rajen Shonker,arrays the Union of India and the RBI as parties and highlighted the “importance of treasures like the Travancore temple treasure to the national economy”.

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