J. Venkatesan

High Court had ordered that no special queue be allowed at Sabarimala

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Kerala Government and others on a special leave petition against a Kerala High Court order directing the Executive Officer, Sabarimala temple, to see that there was no special queue in front of the sanctum sanctorum for the VIPs to have `darshan' of Lord Ayyappa.

A Bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Tarun Chatterjee also issued notice on the application seeking stay of the operation of the judgment returnable in three weeks after counsel V. Mohana, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded for the stay of the High Court order on the ground that it greatly affected the pilgrims. The High Court had passed the order on December 19.

The order was passed in response to a report filed by the Special Commissioner for Sabarimala. According to the report, the pilgrims standing in the regular queue faced lot of difficulties because of the special queue.

They could not have the `darshan' of Lord Ayyappa, as their vision was blocked by the people standing in the special queue inside the cabin in front of the sanctum sanctorum.

In their SLP, Ravikumar and Rajam Krishnan submitted that lakhs of devotees coming from far-off places to Sabarimala were now prevented from performing special pujas.

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