HC asks state govt to file reply on Subramanian Swamy’s PIL against Pandharpur Temples Act

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to file its reply on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy challenging the Pandharpur Temples Act, which empowers the Maharashtra government to take over the administration of the temples.

A Division bench of Chief Justice DK Upadhyaya and Justice Arif S Doctor was hearing a PIL field by Swami claiming that the Maharashtra government had taken over the administration of the Pandharpur town’s temples in an arbitrary manner and had abolished all hereditary rights and privileges of ministrants and priestly classes for the governance and administration of the temples of Lord Vitthal and Rukmini in Pandharpur in the state’s Solapur district.

It added that the law enabled the state government to control its administration and management of funds.

Subramaniam Swamy alleged that there is heavy mismanagement of temple affairs.

The bench directed the government to file its affidavit and posted the matter for hearing on September 13.


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