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No parallel proceedings in temple row: SC

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 21:37

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained a Thiruvananthapuram court from passing any further
orders on the ongoing dispute relating to assets and
management of the famed Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple as it was
already monitoring the case.

A bench of justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik said there
"cannot be any parallel proceedings, when we are monitoring
the case" after counsel appearing for some of the parties
informed the court about certain orders passed by the
principal sub judge.

The apex court also agreed to examine certain suggestions
put forth by the overseeing committee appointed by it to
strengthen the security apparatus in and around the temple
whose assets are valued at several hundred crores of rupees.

The committee among other things had suggested
construction of security for the vaults on the lines of the
Reserve Bank of India, immediate release of funds by the state
government for taking up the security measures and hiring an
international agency with sufficient expertise to ensure
fool-proof measures with particular emphasis on maintaining
the traditions, culture and confidentiality of the assets.

The bench then posted the matter for further hearing to
February 23.

At the last hearing the apex court had pulled up the
Kerala government saying, "We do not want your comprehensive
reports or affidavits. We want compliance of our orders. We
had given you three months time, but you have not done
anything. It is very unfair on your part.


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First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 21:37
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