ShyamSP wrote:Competent lawyers can keep this verdict in abeyance in courts for long time.
As per one news report (in Malayalam) Abhishek Singvi
would now be the lawyer for Prayar Gopalakrishnan, who was once the President of Travancore Devaswom Board and a Congress leader. He would file a review petition and if that fails the plan is to get Kapil Sibal file a new writ petition.
There is also another counter argument now going rounds. That talks about the "implementation" of the Supreme Court order, which the state government completely tries to achieve by brute force.
The Supreme Court has only annulled one section in the Act, by which temples in Kerala were managed. It was this section which legally "banned" women of mensturating age group from entering Sabari Mala. Yes with this legal provision gone, women devotees can enter Sabari Mala temple. But, does Kerala Police have to provide any extra protection? Or should the women make an attempt first, and when it fails approach the police to file a complaint that their right for free movement was violated? If such a complaint is indeed given, the police can only use existing legal provisions against the people who denied the entry. And in places like Sabari Mala where 100s of men gather, it would be again FIR lodges against "100 men, who can be identified only by sight"
. It becomes a problem if women approach the police with a court order asking the police to ensure that the entry is made.
Dileep wrote:They have their own temples and should be thinking "why not Paravoor Rajesh Thantri replace Thazhamon".
The leader of Ezhava community, Vellappali Nadeshan's stance is also actually interesting. And we have his son leading another organisation who is also in the diametrically opposing group - the BJP and Sangh Parivar
. So yes, this could be a Plan B to kind of make this issue an Ezhava v/s others issue and try to replace the chief priest etc. But there could be legal challenges there as now every one is talking about a covenant
under which the kings handed over the temples to the government. I feel the current plan is to put mental pressure on the chief priest and the Pandalam royal family, hoping that they would yield.
If Thazhamn is discredited, they can actually "Extract" the Deity and install somewhere else.
That kind of an "uninstall" & "reinstall" option is available and it is regularly done when temples gets remodelled. What happens is that the diety's chaitanya
is taken out, and placed onto a temporary diety installed at a small sanctum sanctorum known as a Baalashala
. The reverse is done when the temple renovation is done. So yes, Thazhamon taking "their diety" and installing else where is possible, but we must also know about the incident of Sree Narayana Guru who said "I installed an Ezhava siva"
So, why not the Pandalam Royals decide to keep the Temple closed, or at least closed for public darshan. This will be a litmus test about "who decides the rituals" question.
It may piss of the devotees who may have planned to make a visit then, because the Mandala
season would be too crowded. The only way I see is to keep the threat of closure open, and have the will to execute it.
The chief minister is now going ballistic, which shows his frusturation. He holds the home portfolio, but was no where in the scene when the events at Sabari Mala unfolded. The state's DGP was holidaying at Munnar. The Chief Minister had thought that the verdict would be "executed on ground" by the police, and he would then land back in Kerala and be hailed as a "progressive leader". All this also shows the lack of situational awareness, tactfulness or diplomatic skills. We must also know that his family visit (begging for more funds from UAE) was also not fruitful, as no much money came in.