SC upholds the rights of Travancore royal family in administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
SC re-establish the connection of Travancore family with Lord Sree Padmanabha
Thiruvananthapuram : The Supreme Court of India on Monday uphold the right of Travancore Royal family in administration of historic Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala. While pronouncing its verdict on the dispute over management, the honourable Supreme court, said that the Royal family of Travancore still has the shebait right over historic Thiruvananthapuram temple.
After the historic verdict from SC, the effort to bring Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple under Kerela government control has failed.
Adithya Verma, a member of Travancore Royal family told to ANI “We wholeheartedly welcome Supreme Court verdict on Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It re-establishes our family’s connection with Lord Sree Padmanabha. The family is happy about it. We’re looking forward to reading the full verdict”
Earlier, the Kerala High Court judgement taking away all rights of the royal family from management and affairs of the temple, was set aside by SC bench led by justice Uday U Lalit.
Reading out that operative part of the judgement, the hon’ble judge said the death of the Travancore ruler in 1991, who signed the Covenant, does not affect Shebaitship of the Travancore Royal family.
The bench made it clear that the principle of es-cheat will not apply and hence, the properties of the temple can’t be reversed to the state after the death of the last ruler in 1991.
This essentially means that the royal family will continue to act the trustee of the temple, and will have rights to offer prayers, have a say in the temple management.
The bench held that an administrative committee , to be headed by the district judge of Thiruvananthapuram ,will conduct day-to-day affairs.
It also directed that all members of the committee will be Hindus and will function in accordance with the pertinent statute in the state. About opening of Vault-B , the top court said that it will be for the committee to take a call on this .
(With inputs News18.com)
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