Will abide by SC order on Sabarimala ornaments: Minister

Will abide by SC order on Sabarimala ornaments: Minister

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Thiruvananthapuram: Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday has made it clear that the government will obey the court orders regarding the ornaments of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity of Sabarimala Temple.

He was responding to the Supreme Court suggestion to the Kerala government to inform possible steps to secure the ornaments of the Sabarimala temple. "Who said that the state government is going to take over the sacred jewellery? What has the state government got to do with it? We will do what the Supreme Court says," Surendran told the media here.

The apex court on Wednesday heard the issue of the safe custody of sacred ornaments of Sabarimala after the alleged dispute between two branches of the erstwhile Pandalam royal family, which is the custodian of the sacred ornaments.

A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari had asked senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, representing the Kerala government, to come up with suggestions about how to safeguard the ornaments. The matter will come up for hearing again on February 7.

The court had said that the jewellery did not belong to the erstwhile royal family but Lord Ayyappa. It had noted that there was a dispute between the family members, and asked why the court should not allow the ornaments to be kept in the safe custody of a responsible person.

The bench had then asked the State Government to examine about the chance of mischief in the matter and report it to the court. The state had asked for more time to frame a separate law for the temple administration.

Meanwhile, Narayana Varma, a member of the erstwhile royals, said on Thursday that there were no issues at present with regard to the security of the sacred ornaments. "The ornaments are kept under security and there are no issues involved," said Varma.