The petition to take away control of devaswom boards over temples in Kerala will be heard by the Supreme Court on January 31.
BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and TG Mohandas had moved the apex court pleading that powers of the State Government and Hindu members of the Cabinet to appoint the president and members of the Travancore and Cochin Devaswom Boards be taken away.The Kerala Government sought the postponing of the hearing which was rejected.
The Government submitted that the hearing be taken up after the court took a decision on the 49 review petitions against its September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups to worship at Sabarimala. The CJI had said the matter would be decided after Justice Indu Malhotra returned after medical leave on January 31.The state said a decision on young women entry to the shrine based on the review petitions would have an impact on the petition over devaswom control of temples.
The court refused to entertain the submission on the petition against removing devaswom control over temples, the Government submitted that it in no way intervened in the affairs of devaswoms which were self-governing bodies.
Temples were brought under devaswom control on the basis of demand of devotees and the charge that temple funds were transferred to the treasury were false, it said in the affidavit.