The Supreme Court adjourned the petitions moved by BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and TG Mohan Das to abolish the Devaswom Boards of Travancore and Cochin which administer most of the temples situated in the State of Kerala including the Sabarimala temple, by three weeks. The adjournment was sought by the Kerala government and Devaswom Boards seeking more time to submit their replies against the petitions moved by two BJP leaders.
The Supreme Court bench of Justices U U Lalit and K M Joseph had on October 12, 2018 issued notices to the Kerala government, the Travancore Devaswom Board and the Cochin Devaswom Board on petitions moved by TG Mohandas and Subramanian Swamy challenging the Government taking over the constitution of the two Boards and demanding democratic participation of devotees in administration of temples, seeking their response in six weeks.
Aggrieved by the Kerala High Court order which dismissed their petitions wherein it was pleased to strike down sections 4(1) and 63 of the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950 which allows the legislature taking control over the administration and rituals of the Hindu religious institutions on political lines while leaving out lakhs of devotees from the process, the two BJP leaders then knocked the doors of Supreme Court seeking for its intervention in the matter.
As per Swamy's plea, the state government is under no obligation to transfer the management of the temple which was taken over by it due to the allegation of mismanagement, to the original owners of the temple to rectify the disorder. It was alleged that there is arbitrariness in the process of nominations and elections of the members to the Travancore Devaswom Board and the Cochin Devaswom Board.
Swamy submitted in his plea that the High Court had erred in rejecting his plea and urged the apex court to pass necessary directions to the state government and the Board.