Constitutional Courts can't interfere in Daily temple rituals, says SC

Apex Courts bench make this observation today over the plea challenged Andhra Pradesh HC's previous observation related to conducting of rituals at Tirumala Tirupati temple. The bench said constitutional courts could not interfere in the day-to-day rituals performed in temples.



On Tuesday Supreme Court disposed of an appeal Which was challenging AN previous order of the Andhra Pradesh High Court order which rejected a devotee's plea which alleged that a wrongful and irregular procedure is being followed in the conduct of the rituals at the Tirupati temple and said that, "a constitutional court cannot look into the day-to-day affairs of a temple."

Apex bench of CJI NV Ramana and Justice Surya Kant and Hima Kohli made this clear that Courts can't interfere in the temple rituals but it does not mean as a free pass for the temple authorities to do any stuff even court band temple authorities in eight weeks to answer properly for the appellant, Srivari Dadaa and he still has the right to approach the related forum if things are not clear for him.

"This Court cannot entertain this under a writ. Apart from pooja, if the administration is ignoring rules and regulations or indulging in 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,” said the bench.

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