SC issues notice to UP Government on plea challenging State takeover of temple management.

The Supreme Court of India issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government on a plea which sought to restore the day-to-day religious affairs of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi to the Lingiya Brahmin family. The family claimed that it had been taking care of the temple management before the commencement of the UP Kashi Vishwanath Temple Act 1983, Live Law reported.
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According to media reports, the plea said, “It is well documented that the petitioner and their ancestors had absolute and exclusive right to administer and manner the day to day affairs of the temple and had continued since time immemorial, which could be proven by several historical narratives, scriptures, etc. Though, it was questioned by many in the past, their right to have “Poornaadhikar” had been judicially attested by several judicial verdicts.”
Appearing for the family, Advocate B H Marlapalle, former Bombay HC Judge, cited the 2014 SC judgment in Subramanian Swamy vs The State of Tamil Nadu case which held that a law passed to take over the administration and management of religious endowment is co-terminus of removal of the consequence of alleged maladministration.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde issued a notice to the UP Government seeking its response over the petition.