SC seeks reply of TTD on plea alleging observance of irregular routines


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanams (TTD) to react to a complaint from a devotee of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy about “wrongful and irregular procedure in carrying out puja” there.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ramana was hearing an appeal from an enthusiast against the order of the AP high court refusing to amuse the PIL by observing that the “procedure of performing routines remains in the unique domain of the Devasthanam and can not refer adjudication unless it impacts the nonreligious or civil liberties of others.”

The leading court at first revealed unwillingness in captivating the plea by observing, “Can we interfere into this (routines) as to when and how puja has actually to be carried out … This is the Constitutional court and not a Kuchehri’ (lower court) where you can say anything.”

The bench, also making up Justices Suryakant and Hima Kohli, later on sought an action from counsel of the temple management about the decision on the representation of routines made by the petitioner and enthusiast Srivari Daadaa.

“Counsel appearing on behalf of the respondent (TTD) hopes for and is given one week’s time to get directions about the representation dated March 18, 2020, sent by the petitioner-in individual to the participant. Note the matter after one week,” the bench stated in the order.

The TTD is an independent trust which manages temples consisting of the famous Lord Venkateshwara Swamy in Andhra Pradesh.

During the short hearing, the CJI likewise conversed in Telugu with petitioner Srivari Daadaa and asked him to be client as being the fan of Lord Venkateshwara Swamy and not threaten the pinnacle court’s computer system registry authorities for urgent listing of his plea.

Justice Ramana said he as likewise other judges are all followers of Lord Balaji and desired that the rituals be performed according to traditions. “We are all devotees of Balaji and anticipate that all rituals will be performed according to the traditions”, the CJI stated.

Daadaa has submitted the appeal in the top court against the January 5 order of the high court dismissing his PIL.

His plea had actually specified that the temple authority has actually been carrying out Sevas specifically i) Abhishekam Seva, 2) Thomala Seva, 3) Arjitha Brahmostavam, 4) Yekanta Utsavalu (Srivari Varshika Brahmotsavams 2020), and 5) Maha Laghu Darshan, in a wrongful and irregular treatment.

The PIL had actually wished the issuance of direction to the TTD to remedy the method of holding the routines.

“We are of the view that the present PIL is not maintainable for the following factors: To start with, the procedure of conducting rituals is the exclusive domain of the Devasthanam and can not refer adjudication unless it impacts nonreligious or civil rights of others,” the high court had actually stated.

Secondly, the TTD can not be said to be discharging public duties in the matter of performing routines. Such activities falling within an ecclesiastical domain are not amenable to writ jurisdiction at the request of an outsider, it had actually stated.

“Appropriately, we believe that the writ petition is devoid of benefit and is liable to be dismissed. Accordingly, the Writ Petition is dismissed,” the high court had actually stated.

Published at Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:35:15 -0500