The Karnataka High Court on Friday adjourned further hearing on a public interest litigation seeking a ban on ‘made snana', a ritual held at Kukke Subrahmanya temple at Subrahmanya in Dakshina Kannada district.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna adjourned the hearing of the case asking the counsel for the petitioners to submit certain details on the practice as well as to provide instances in which the courts have banned such religious practices.

The counsel for the petitioners – Veerabhadra Channamalla swami of Nidumamidi Math and others – pointed out to the court that the practice is pernicious and against the spirits enunciated in the Constitution which supports scientific spirit. Stating that the practice is against human dignity, the counsel also claimed that people belonging to other castes roll over the food leftover on plantain leaves by the Brahmins.

Notice to RBI

In another case, the Bench ordered issue of notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the State government on a petition complaining that certain financial firms were allowed to levy interest higher than permissible limit on gold loans.

In his petition, D.M. Suresh, a resident of Bangalore, pointed out that though maximum interest on secured interest should be 14 per cent per annum and 16 per cent per annum on unsecured loans, Muthoot Finance and Manappuram Finance companies were allegedly charging interests at an exorbitant rate of 30 to 36 per cent per annum on gold loans.

Plea for cash award

The High Court on Friday directed the State government to consider the plea of G. Venkataramanappa, an employee with BEL and athlete with physical disabilities from the State, for payment of Rs. 13 lakh cash awards as per the guidelines of the government for winning medals at the recognised international sports events.

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