ARYAMA SUNDARAM TO REPRESENT DEVASWOM BOARD IN APEX COURT
T’Puram: Senior advocate Aryama Sundaram will represent the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) in the Supreme Court hearing of the review petitions in the Sabarimala case. The board meeting also decided to stick to its previous stand of favouring the entry of women of all ages to the shrine. It expects that its opinion will be sought by the court while considering the petitions. “The board being a Constitutional body is duty-bound to obey the SC order. The board will state its opinion in the court only if circumstance warrants,” said board president A Padmakumar in a statement. The meeting decided to inform the SC about the violence and protests at Sannidhanam, Pampa and Nilakkal during Thula month poojas and Chithira Aattavishesham. The meeting assigned TDB commissioner N Vasu to conduct discussions with Aryama Sundaram. He will be assisted by standing counsels of the board K Sasikumar and S Rajmohan. The meeting also decided to seek legal advice from Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board chairman M Rajagopalan Nair on the Sabarimala case. Nair, a senior advocate, had served as TDB president during previous LDF Government’s tenure. ENS ACCUSING the state government of misusing its machinery to tarnish his as well as the party’s image, former BJP minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy has moved the Karnataka High Court by filing two separate petitions.
In one petition, Reddy has sought quashing of the FIR registered by DJ Halli police over the alleged ponzi scam, saying that the police are trying to implicate him falsely.
In the other petition, Reddy has requested the court to issue directions to the Home Department to entrust the investigation to competent officers other than DCP S Girish and ACP H N Venkatesh Prasanna, Central Crime Branch, accusing them of harassing one of the accused in the case and canvassing that Reddy would be arrested even though his name was not mentioned in the FIR.
In the petition, Reddy’s counsel Chandrashekhar RP said that the police ought to have investigated the case diligently instead of leaking details of proof to media while the case was still under investigation. It reflected a careless approach of the police towards the probe of a crime which ought to have been very confidential, Reddy’s counsel said.
“Abusing and harassing one of the accused to give false statements against Reddy, the police are canvassing that they would arrest Reddy. The state machinery has been misused for the benefit of a few individuals. It is a conspiracy of government to implicate Reddy into an offence, such that the image and reputation of Reddy and his political party is adversely affected. Only to achieve political mileage and sabotage the interest of Reddy and his political party, such a tactic is adopted under the guise of investigation,” Chandrashekhar stated.
Bengaluru Congress workers during a protest against the Central Government on demonetisation on Friday |