Tra­van­core royal fam­ily con­tests tem­ple re­port

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: The Tra­van­core royal fam­ily, which has been man­ag­ing the Sree Pad­man­abha Swamy Tem­ple in Ker­ala, has ques­tioned the cor­rect­ness of Am­i­cus Cu­riae (court’s friend) se­nior ad­vo­cate Gopal Subra­ma­nium’s re­port.

The Supreme Court is hear­ing the royal fam­ily’s pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing a 2011 or­der of the Ker­ala high court that said they had no hered­i­tary right to man­age the tem­ple.

The HC had also or­dered the state au­thor­i­ties to take over the shrine’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In their ap­pli­ca­tion the royal fam­ily mem­bers said they were in­ter­ven­ing to “seek vin­di­ca­tion of their fam­ily’s hon­our”.

As­sail­ing the re­port for lev­el­ling “var­i­ous cruel and base­less al­le­ga­tions”, they also said the am­i­cus cu­riae and the par­ties to the dis­pute should main­tain re­straint while in­ter­act­ing with the me­dia.

The royal fam­ily al­leged that there was an at­tempt was be­ing made “to de­fame, dis­hon­our and dis­credit the fam­ily in or­der to dis­so­ci­ate them from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Sree Pad­man­abha Swamy Tem­ple.”

It lamented that “with­out any ba­sis what­so­ever, the fam­ily is be­ing ac­cused of theft, vi­o­lent and heinous crimes, in­clud­ing a hand in mur­der, col­lu­sion with the state of Ker­ala, ob­struc­tion of jus­tice, and scant re­gard for this Hon­ourable Court.”

The “graphic de­scrip­tion of the tem­ple com­plex” re­veal­ing ev­ery nook and cor­ner of the phys­i­cal struc­ture of the tem­ple by draw­ing up blue­prints etc has caused se­ri­ous se­cu­rity con­cern, the royal fam­ily stated.

The SC had in April ex­pressed con­cern over se­nior Subra­ma­nium’s re­port over the poor con­di­tions at the tem­ple.

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