No parallel proceedings in temple row: SC



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.

PTI