SC to deliver judgment on Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple case on Monday
Different benches of different judges had heard the case for more than eight years and. Finally, a bench of Justice Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra reserved the judgment in the case in April last year.
The bench of Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra has to pronounce its decision on these important points whether the task of managing this historic temple will be looked after by the state government or the erstwhile Royal family of Travancore. The court has to declare its important decision regarding the control over the immovable properties of this temple.
The court also has to decide whether this temple is a public property and whether it requires the establishment of a Devasthanam Board like the Tirupati Tirumala, Guruvayur and Sabarimala temples. The bench can also pass judgment on the point as to what extent the Royal family of Travancore’s predecessors would have authority over the temple and whether the temple’s arch ‘B’ should be opened or not.
The Kerala High Court, in delivering its verdict in 2011, ordered the state government to take control of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, its assets and management. The High Court had ordered the opening of all the arches to prepare a list of all the objects and keep those items for public exhibition by building a museum which was later challenged by the erstwhile Travancore Royal family in the apex court.
Different benches of different judges had heard the case for more than eight years and played a major role in drawing up a list of valuables kept in the temple arches. Finally, a bench of Justice Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra reserved the judgment in the case in April last year.
In this case, senior advocate and former Solicitor General Gopal Subrahmanyam was made a friend of justice, who later disassociated himself from it. An independent report was also filed in the court by Mr. Subrahmanyam. The second report was submitted by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai. It is said that these reports also mention all the financial mess and irregularities in the temple accounts. Fears of disturbances in the use of precious metals were also mentioned in the report.