Court notice to actress Jayamala in Sabari case

A local court issued notice to Kannada actress in a case relating to the claim that she had worshipped at Sabarimala temple in her prime of youth.

Pathanamthitta: A local court here on Friday
issued notices to Kannada actress Jayamala and two others in a
case relating to the actress`s claim that she had worshipped
at Sabarimala temple in her prime of youth, defying the temple
custom which barred women in 10-50 age group entering there.

Apart from Jayamala, Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramesh Kumar
of Ranni issued notices to astrologer Unninkrishnan and his
Bangalore-based aid Rghupathy to appear in the court on
October 18.

The case, filed by Kerala police, was that Unnikrishnan and
Ragupathy had entered into a conspiracy and prevailed upon
Jayamala to make the claim that she had visited the temple
some 20 years back and even touched the idol of Lord Ayappa.

Jayamala`s revelation, made through a fax message sent to
the temple office when a "devaprasnam" (astrological
examination of temple affaris) was on in June 2006, had
sparked a raging controversy.

The conspiracy was allegedly hatched with the motive of
embarrassing the temple priests after the devaprasnam revealed
that the affairs of temple were not conducted with the
required sanctity.

The accused in the case had earlier approached Kerala High
Court seeking a direction to the lower court to quash the
proceedings on the ground that there was much delay in
submitting the chargesheet in the case.

However, the High Court ruled that it was for the Magistrate
Court, where the chargesheet was filed, to take a decision on
the plea of the accused.

While Jayamala was listed as the third accused in the case,
Unnikrishnan and his aide are the second and third accused.

PTI

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