Tirupati temple: Constitutional court docket can’t intrude in day by day rituals, says SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday disposed of an enchantment difficult an Andhra Pradesh High Court order which rejected a devotee’s plea that alleged “wrongful and irregular procedure” being adopted within the conduct of the rituals on the Tirupati temple saying that “a Constitutional Court cannot look into the day-to-day affairs of a temple.”

A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, nonetheless, made it clear that this doesn’t give a free move to the temple administration and requested it to provide a correct response to the appellant inside eight weeks. It mentioned he may approach the suitable discussion board if he nonetheless has any grievance.

“This Court cannot entertain this under a writ. Apart from pooja, if the administration is ignoring rules and regulations or indulging any other violation of arrangements, those are the only areas where we can ask Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) to clarify the issues raised by the petitioner or any other devotee. Other than this, if we start interfering in sevas, then it will not be feasible,” mentioned the bench.

The appellant, Srivari Dadaa, had prayed that the ‘abhishekham’ course of be adopted as per traditions. Justice Kohli requested if his illustration of March 2020 had been taken into consideration by the TTD. The bench additionally requested the Devasthanam why it had not given Dadaa a correct clarification to his grievance. “It is your duty to clarify it. You don’t have a free pass,” mentioned the court docket.

TTD’s counsel mentioned every grievance of the petitioner was taken into consideration and was defined within the counter affidavit filed earlier than the excessive court docket. But the Chief Justice mentioned, “something is wrong you have to give a detailed reply saying rituals are as per traditions. Or else you will force us to order.”

It additionally advised Dadaa that the court docket can’t intrude within the day-to-day administration of conduct pooja and so on.

Dadaa had earlier approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court which, nonetheless, dismissed his plea on January 5 saying the “procedure of conducting rituals is the exclusive domain of the Devasthanam and cannot be a matter of adjudication unless it impacts secular or civil rights of others” and that the Devasthanam can’t be mentioned to be discharging public duties within the matter of conducting rituals and, therefore, such actions falling inside an ecclesiastical area should not amenable to writ jurisdiction on the behest of an outsider.