The government has ne'er interfered in the spiritual matters and rituals of the Sabarimala temple. however the protection of pilgrims visiting the temple is that the concern of the govt and also the police should make sure that, the government informed a Division Bench of the Kerala court on monday.
In an affidavit, the govt submitted that it had been absolute to shield the elemental right of women devotees aged between ten and fifty years to offer prayers at the temple. As for the entry of women, the Supreme Court had already issued a judgment.
The legal document was filed in response to petitions seeking a directive to the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to not implement any of the oral or written directives issued by the Chief Minister or the govt on spiritual matters, entry of pilgrims, and different matters in Sabarimala.
The government aforesaid within the legal document that the Chief Minister had not issued any directive to the temple authorities but had solely directed the police to require care of the protection of the devotees. No real devotees would be prevented from trekking to Sabarimala.
However, anyone with the intention of making any obstruction would be taken care of by the police. Some political parties with their own agenda had started protests condemnatory the judgment of the Supreme Court and blockaded women devotees from visiting Sabarimala. The act of such persons was criminal.
The government submitted that it had a precise interest in the matter of safety and security of the temple and pilgrims.
It was disbursement vast amounts to confirm the protection of the pilgrims besides expending crores of rupees each year to stay vigil over the whole extent from Vadasserikara to Sannidhanam, at Erumely and Vandiperiyar, and on the roads and conventional hill tracks. the govt added that crores of rupees got to the TDB for enterprise varied comes at Sabarimala. Therefore, it had been additionally the duty of the govt to work out that the amounts sanctioned and paid were properly utilized by the TDB and different agencies.