Andhra Pradesh High Court puts remain on GOs appointing special guests to TTD board


Tirupati: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday put a stay on the State Government’s orders designating 52 special guests to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) trust board, apart from 24 routine trustee members. The high court’s order remained in reaction to a batch of public interest litigation (PIL) submitted on Monday, challenging the appointment of unique guests to the TTD trust board.

Imposing a remain on two government orders (G.O. Rt. No. 568,569), the High Court questioned the propriety of producing such a jumbo trust board. The counsel of State Federal government safeguarded the move – mentioning that the visit of unique guests was done just as per the standards and there was no infraction of any guidelines. Nevertheless, the High Court issued interim orders suspending the 2 GOs for a duration of 4 weeks, pending conclusion of hearing and passage of last orders.

It might be recalled that 3 PILs have actually been filed in the High Court challenging the GOs issued by State to make up the TTD trust board. BJP leader G. Bhanuprakash Reddy filed a petition challenging the GO. MS. 245 provided by the federal government to select 28 members to the trust board, GO. Rt. No. 568 appointing 2 members as ex-officio and special guests and GO. Rt. No. 569 appointing 50 others as unique guests. Telugu Desam leader M. Umamaheswara Naidu and Hindu Jansakhati Samkshema Sangham creator K. Lalit Kumar likewise submitted comparable PILs before the High Court.

Looking for the cancellation of the stated GOs, the petitioners interested the High Court to issue interim orders to this result. They said that the above GOs were prohibited, arbitrary and also contrary to the section 96 of Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Acts, 1987, and also offense of Post 25 of the constitution of India. The petitioners also said the constitution of such a jumbo trust board will be an additional problem on TTD and would trigger hardships and difficulties to typical pilgrims to have darshan at Tirumala temple.

Released at Wed, 22 Sep 2021 03:49:42 -0500