SC upholds Shebait rights of Travancore royal household in administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 13

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Shebait rights of the Travancore royal household within the administration of Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.

Shebait is an individual who serves a Hindu deity and manages the temple.

As an interim association, a Bench of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra authorized the continuation of a committee headed by Thiruvananthapuram District Judge to supervise the administration of one of many richest Hindu temples in India the place Lord Vishnu (Shree Padmanabhaswamy) is worshipped in ‘Anantha Shayana’ posture.

All members of the committee shall be Hindus which shall take a name on whether or not mysterious Vault-B of the temple shall be opened or not.

The problem has evoked immense curiosity amongst individuals because of the broadly held perception that it doesn’t augur effectively for many who dare open it.

The royal household of Travancore has a task as Shebait of the temple, it mentioned. The loss of life of the Travancore ruler who signed the Covenant didn’t have an effect on Shebayatship if the Travancore royal household, it added.

The Bench mentioned as per customized, Shebaiship survived on the loss of life of the ruler and his loss of life didn’t lead to escheat in favour of state authorities regardless of the 26th modification to the Constitution that abolished privy purse paid to former rulers of princely states which had been included into the Indian Republic after Independence.

Monday’s order got here on a petition filed by the erstwhile royal household of Travancore— trustee of the temple—towards the Kerala High Court’s January 31, 2011 verdict directing the state authorities to arrange a belief to take management of the temple administration and its property.

Allowing the attraction filed by the Travancore Royal Family Maharaja, the highest courtroom accepted Shebaitship of the royal household over one of many richest Hindu temples in India.

The Supreme Court’s verdict successfully means the “Ruler” underneath Instrument of Accession signed by Princely state ruler with the Government of India on the time of independence is “Ruler” by succession and won’t finish with the loss of life of the ruler who signed the instrument of accession.

Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple has been hitting worldwide headlines since 2011 when an SC-appointed panel discovered jewelry, idols, weapons, utensils and cash value Rs one lakh crore in its 5 different vaults. But Vault-B—believed to be protected by cobras—wasn’t opened.

However, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai— who audited the temple’s wealth on the highest courtroom’s order—had in 2014 contradicted the favored perception.

In his report, Rai had advised the courtroom that Vault-B was opened no less than seven occasions since 1990.

Senior advocate and amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium had additionally supported Rai’s view that there must be verification of the stock of Vault-B.

Subramanium had alleged that the temple’s wealth was being stolen in an organised method. He needed the courtroom to make sure that the royal household of Travancore must be avoided its administration.

He had alleged that the royal household handled a public temple as a personal fiefdom. The royal household had denied the allegation.

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