SC appoints Kerala HC judge to conduct inventory of Sabarimala deity

SC appoints Kerala HC judge to conduct inventory of Sabarimala deity

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 7: The Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Kerala High Court Judge CN Ramachandran Nair to conduct an inventory of Sabarimala deity Lord Ayyappa's sacred ornaments and prepare a detailed list to be submitted in the Apex Court within four weeks.

"The retired judge can have a jeweller to help him. List after four weeks," a three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice N V Ramana, said.

The bench has requested Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal to bring about a settlement in the dispute between the clans of erstwhile royal family of Pandalam, which is believed to be the family of Lord Ayyappa.

The SC also asked for an inventory of sacred ornaments on the advice of the AG, appearing for Kerala.

During the course of the hearing, the AG submitted to the Court that this was done with Padmanabha Swamy treasure, as a measure to prevent fake items from sneaking in.

The Court wanted to know, if the state can take over the security of the ornaments.

There was also some duel during the hearing among lawyers, as to who represents the 100-yearold Pandalam Raja, the mythological father of Sabarimala deity Lord Ayyappa.

One of the advocates suggested bringing the ailing King to the Supreme Court. However, Justice Ramana said the court cannot take the risk and posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks. (UNI)