Amid the ongoing protests in case of Sabarimala temple, the Madras high court refused to postpone and stay the appointment of new pontiff to Srirangam mutt.
Referring to the contemporary circumstances, the Madras HC observed that secular courts must refrain from interfering with religious practices.
It need be mentioned that the Supreme court had lifted the ban on the entry of women to the Sabarimala temple which led to widespread protests in the state of Kerala.
The Madras High Court bench, comprising of Justice V Parthiban and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy, refused to delay the appointment of Yamunachariyar as the new pointiff of Srirangam mutt in Chennai’s Mylapore.
He further asked the high court to intervene and stall the appointment which was scheduled to take place on
October 20 and 21 at Srirangam Periya Ashramam.
Claiming that lakhs of people were waiting for the ceremony of the new pontiff’s appointment, the court cannot
delay it on one follower’s PIL.
The court also said that such issues are treated as private and not public since the mutt and its activities cater to a particular community. >