Alleged Covid protocol violation throughout businessman’s son’s marriage ceremony at Guruvayur temple

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By Specific Information Service

KOCHI: The Kerala Excessive Court docket on Tuesday directed the administrator of Guruvayur Devaswom to tell the courtroom concerning the variety of marriages carried out within the temple from August thus far and the variety of marriages allotted in every ‘Mandapam’. The courtroom issued the order on the suo motu proceedings in reference to a web based media report concerning the ornament of the Nadappantal utilizing cutouts and tree branches other than flowers for the wedding of distinguished businessman Ravi Pillai’s son on the Guruvayur temple.

The courtroom additionally directed the Guruvayur Devaswom administrator as to whether permission was granted to embellish Nadappanthal utilizing supplies apart from flowers within the type of Pushapalankaram. The courtroom ordered that the CCTV footage of the Nadappanthal space on the day of the wedding must be stored in secure custody till additional orders.

Citing the videography and studies concerning the wedding perform, the courtroom noticed that it appears that evidently the Nadappanthal of the temple was just about transformed as an auditorium and a number of other numbers of individuals attended the perform at a time the Covid protocol was in power. The courtroom additionally issued discover to the state authorities, Ravi Pillai, Thrissur SP, and the sectoral Justice of the Peace.

The Guruvayur Devaswom had knowledgeable the courtroom that each day about 110 marriages have been held on the Nadapandal in strict conformity with the Covid protocol. Actually, solely 12 individuals, excluding bride and bridegroom, have been allowed to take part in a wedding. When the case got here up for listening to, the Division Bench comprising Justice Anil Ok Narendran and Justice Ok Babu noticed that there was numerous individuals attended the wedding perform in query.

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The courtroom requested whether or not the Covid protocol was adopted? Whether or not these decorations have been one thing that may be anticipated within the temple premises? How can it’s termed as a ‘Pushpalangaram’ as submitted by the Guruvayur Devaswom Committee? The courtroom additionally requested what number of marriages have taken place on that exact day and out of the three mandapam, whether or not one was set aside completely for the wedding of the son of the businessman? The counsel of Guruvayur Devaswom sought time to get particulars on this regard.

The courtroom screened the video of the wedding within the digital courtroom. The courtroom mentioned that each worshipper has a proper to conduct a wedding in entrance of the Guruvayur temple. There shouldn’t be any distinction if he’s a constitutional authority, an industrialist, or a star.

The Guruvayur Devaswom Act acknowledged that the duties of the executive committee embody that “topic to the customized and utilization within the temple to rearrange for the correct efficiency of the rites and ceremonies within the Temple.” A Division Bench of the Excessive Court docket had additionally held that the committee which features as a trustee is sure to manage, management, and handle the property of the property belonging to the Devaswom in accordance with public and within the curiosity of worshipers.

In an affidavit, the administrator submitted that Ravi Pillai had submitted a request earlier than the managing committee looking for permission to carry out Pushapalankaram of temple premises together with  Nadapanthal and Kalyana Mandapam as a part of the wedding of his son on September 9 and it was allowed. The order of the Excessive Court docket was additionally intimated to his and the SHO, temple police station Guruvayur to make sure strict compliance of Covid protocol is maintained. The administrator claimed that no violations of orders of the Excessive Court docket or Covid protocol have been permitted through the marriage.

The courtroom then requested whether or not any non-public safety personnel have been allowed through the marriage perform and did they stop devotees from coming into the premises? The state authorities submitted that safety duties are carried out by the individuals appointed by the managing committee and no non-public individuals have been allowed.

The courtroom mentioned that within the video there was numerous individuals in black shirts. Some individuals in black shirts have been additionally appearing like ‘black cats’ who’re offering safety guards to individuals within the Z class. The courtroom additional requested to elucidate whether or not any worker has been suspended following the allegation {that a} automobile was permitted to enter the temple premises as a part of the wedding.

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