Devotees have argued before the Supreme Court
that a broad-based committee like Devosam Board should be created for the management
of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple. Sree
Padmanabha Swamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in
devotees have argued that a covenant of erstwhile Travancore royal family cannot
be executed as it is non-enforceable. The petitioners referred to the
Twenty-sixth Constitution Amendment Act of 1971 which abolished the concept of
‘rulership’ by incorporating Article 366 (22) of the Constitution. It also
abolished privy purses, special privileges and rights provided to erstwhile
rulers of Indian states.
the erstwhile Travancore Royal family acknowledged that the temple is a “public
property” but argued in court that the family should be allowed to exercise
control over the temple management.
management of Sree Padmanabha Sway temple has been a contentious issue since
2007 after a plea was filed in court alleging that the royal family is trying
to make the temple its private property.
the Kerala High Court ordered takeover of the assets and management of the temple
by the State under Article 295
and Article 296 of the Constitution of India. It also directed creation of a
Devosam board for management of the temple.
Court’s decision was challenged by the royal family in Supreme Court. The
Supreme Court also appointed Amicus Curiae whose 2014 report brought out serious
irregularities and malpractices in the management of the temple and its wealth.
SC had then ordered administration to be handed over to a 5-member committee
headed by the district judge.