A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday orally directed the State government to bring back normality in Sabarimala as early as possible.
The Bench, headed by Justice P.R.Ramachandra Menon, warned those protesting against the entry of women in the 10-50 age group to Sabarimala not to take the law into their own hands.
The court gave the oral directives on a batch of petitions alleging police excesses and restrictions at Sabarimala.
The court directed the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) not to divert its funds to the State government for making police bandobust at Sabarimala without the permission of the court.
The directive was given when a petition by a devotee alleging that the TDB was trying to reimburse the expenses for police deployment at Sabarimala. The petitioner sought a directive to the State government to bear all the expenditure for the deployment of police at Sabarimala.
Meanwhile, the TDB, in an affidavit, termed as false the allegation that the entire rooms at the Sannidhanam were locked by the police and they had doused water in the Valiya Nadappandal with an intention to prevent the pilgrims from resting there.
Of the 630 rooms available at the Sannidhanam, some were earmarked exclusively for officials because their presence was inevitable at the festival season. These rooms, including dormitories, which could accommodate 6,975 persons could be booked online.