Special Correspondent

He wants more Government control over Devaswom Boards

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Minister for Cooperation and Devaswoms G. Sudhakaran said on Friday that corruption was ruling the roost in the Devaswom boards of the State.

Addressing a press conference here, the Minister said the allegations against the Cochin Devaswom Board were serious and the members of the Board needed to be prosecuted.

Corruption had been detected in the purchase of provisions for Sabarimala. Prosecution was being initiated. Mr. Sudhakaran said that feudalists were in charge of the boards and they were exploiting the belief in god and devotion of Malayalis. Except for a few board members, others had been engaged in plunder over the years. He said that the situation would improve if the laws were changed to give more control to the Government over the boards. The existing laws were the worst in the country.

The Minister said that police investigations had shown that actor Jayamala had not entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Sabarimala temple. The fax message sent to the board and the conspiracy angle were matters to be handled by the police. He said Ms. Jayamala had sent a letter to him and the stand being taken by her in public was contrary to the contents of her letter. Her statements and the allegations against the Travancore Devaswom Board authorities would not affect the Sabarimala pilgrimage. He said Rs.25 crore was allocated for works for the next season at Sabarimala.