Aravana contractor moves court

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court directed the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Monday to file a statement in response to a writ petition challenging the Board’s takeover of preparation, packing, storing and placing of Aravana at the counters at Sabarimala.

The petitioner is A.S. Shanavas, proprietor, Elite India Exports, who had executed an agreement with the Board for preparing and packing Aravana.

The petition sought to declare that he had every right to perform his contractual obligations under the agreement and the Board had no right to interfere or fetter the performance of these obligations.

The petition sought to restrain the Board from interfering in the discharge of his contractual obligation.

It said that the Board had made an open declaration of the takeover of the preparation of Aravana.

That was arbitrary and illegal, the petitioner contended.

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