A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, on Friday, declined a plea made by Sabarimala Tantri Kandararu Maheswararu to permit him to take the assistance of his son Kandararu Mohanararu in performing religious rites at the Sabarimala temple.

The Bench comprising Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice C.T. Ravikumar allowed the Tantri to take the assistance of others in this regard.

In his petition, Mr. Maheswararu said the court had restrained his son Mohanararu from performing rituals at the temple following a criminal case registered on his son's complaint.

The complaint was that he (Mohanararu) was held hostage by a six-member gang at a flat in Kochi and was forcibly photographed with women. The gang made off with his money and gold ornaments.

The petitioner said that his son was barred from performing the rituals only for one year.

TDB's response

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) had told the Tantri to approach the High Court when he made a request to allow him to take the assistance of his son.

Dismissing the plea, the High Court observed that allowing the Tantri's son to perform the rituals would not be appreciated by the devotees.

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