Communist governments. acquiring Hindu temples to generate income: former SC judge

Former Supreme Court Justice Indu Malhotra plunged into controversy when a video emerged on social media in which she is seen claiming that Communist governments “everywhere” have been scrambling to gain control over Hindu temples.

In the video that appears to have been shot outside the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in the capital, Ms Malhotra can be seen telling a group of people: “… This is what happens with these communist governments. They just want to take over because of the income. Their problem is income. Everywhere, they took power. Everywhere. Only Hindu temples. So Judge Lalit and I said, no, we won’t allow it (sic). »

The former jurist traveled to the state to attend various events including a medical convention held on Sunday as part of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Legal battle

A division bench of the Supreme Court which included Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Ms Malhotra had in 2020 upheld the rights of the former Travancore royal family to administer the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It then marked a nine-year legal battle over whether the family or the state government had the right to run the temple following the death of Travancore leader Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma in July 1991.

Ms Malhotra was also part of a five-judge Supreme Court Constitution bench that in September 2018 overturned the rule banning women between the ages of 10 and 50 from entering and praying at Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala.

Being the only dissenting judge, Ms Malhotra had said that it was not for the courts to determine which religious practices should be annulled, except in cases of social evil like “Sati”. Notions of rationality cannot be invoked in matters of religion, she said.

Sallie R. Loera