Uttarakhand HC issues notice to State Government on Subramanian Swamy’s petition against the Act to acquire the management of Temples

Dr. Swamy sets the ball rolling, challenging the law passed by the Uttarakhand government to take over Hindu temples

Dr. Swamy sets the ball rolling, challenging the law passed by the Uttarakhand government to take over Hindu temples
Dr. Swamy sets the ball rolling, challenging the law passed by the Uttarakhand government to take over Hindu temples

The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled State Government on the petition filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy against the Act passed by the Government to take over the temples. Apart from seeking a reply from the State Government, the High Court also sent a notice to the Government for Swamy’s petition on the immediate stay on the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act of 2019[1].

This Act passed by the BJP-ruled State Government in 2019, intending to take control of more than 50 temples related to the Char Dham circuit has already invited severe criticism from the Sangh Parivar organizations. This Act enables the Government to take control of the temples currently by priests, local trusts and the new Act say MPs, MLAs, and representatives appointed by the State Government will run the temples. As per the Act, the head of the Devasthanam Board will be the State Chief Minister and many Government officials are placed in the administration. The Act says, if the Chief Minister is not a Hindu, senior-most Hindu Minister will be the head of the Board.

Subramanian Swamy who reached Nainital on Tuesday with his legal associates argued before the High Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, comprising Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe that the State Government’s Devasthanam Act violated the Article 31 A(1)(b), Article 25 and 26 of the Indian Constitution. Article 31 is regarding the right of private ownership, Article 25 and 26 empowers religious institutions and believers’ right to manage and conduct their institutions.

In his 30-minute argument, Swamy pointed out the Supreme Court’s Judgment on his Chidambaram Temple case where the apex court ordered the Tamil Nadu Government to return the management of the temple to priests. Swamy argued that the Devasthanam Act must be quashed, pointing out its illegalities and violations in the Indian Constitution. The Judges have asked the State Government to reply in three weeks. Earlier Swamy said that “it is painful that a BJP Government has done this to ancient Hindu temples.”

References:

[1] Uttarakhand to frame laws for regulation, management of Char DhamsOct 19, 2019, The New Indian Express

Team PGurus

4 COMMENTS

  1. Dr. Swamy has to be thanked for this petition against this idiocy. BJP can be sure to lose the support of Hindus if it continues with such nonsense and it should.

  2. Surprising how can BJP pass such resolution in the state ? Has it gone mad ? What is the real story behind such moves by idiotic & self defeating BJP party ?

  3. What about temples in Karnataka? The Congi and JD govs took control of all Hindu temples under mujrai act, looted the funds etc and gave it away to build mosques and churches. They used the funds to increase the “salary or living allowance” of mullahs and padris to luxury levels and let the hindu priests in a hand to mouth state of affairs !!

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