SC notice to Kerala govt on plea for freeing Devaswom boards of govt control
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SC notice to Kerala govt on plea for freeing Devaswom boards of govt control

The Supreme Court on Friday sought response of the Kerala government and two Devaswom boards of the state on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking that such boards be made independent of government control. A bench of justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph issued notice to the Kerala government and Devaswom Board of Travanacore and Cochin and sought their response in six weeks. Swamy said that he was aggrieved by the Kerala High Court judgment refusing to strike down various sections of the Travancore- Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950. He said that these sections of the Act were in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution and also arbitrary. In his plea, Swamy said that before the high court it was alleged arbitrariness in the process of nominations and elections of the members to the Travancore Devaswom Board and the Cochin Devaswom Board. The two Devaswom Boards administer most of the temples situated in the erstwhile Travancore - Cochin part of the present ...

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