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Bangalore: The High Court has quashed the government’s order to appoint an administrator for Chitradurga’s Muruga Math.
Dr. questioned the action of the government appointed by the administrator. After hearing the petition filed by Shivamurthy Muruga Swamiji, Murugharajendra Vidyapeeth, DS Mallikarjuna of Chitradurga and others, the judge reserved the verdict. Krishna S. A single member bench headed by Dixit gave this verdict on Monday.
The Chitradurga Sessions Court has also quashed the order of the Chitradurga Sessions Court which had restricted the exercise of the authority of the Muruga Sharan and the authority of the Abbot under the Prevention of Misuse of Religious Institutions Act.
Leaders of society can govern
“According to the rule, Veerashaiva leaders and prominent members of society can manage the Math. Administrator can continue only for another 4 weeks. After that the administrator has no power. Therefore, the community leaders can administer in the absence of the patriarch,” the court said.
What is the summary of judgment?
Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Dharmadai Endowment Act 1997 was amended by the state government in 2011. According to this amendment, any monastery, shrines attached to the monastery are excluded from the legislation. An amendment in this regard has also been submitted to the Supreme Court,” the court said in its verdict.
“The government cannot interfere in the affairs of the Math. Interference can be made only if there is statutory authority. Therefore, the appointment of the administrator in this case will be invalidated,” the bench ordered.
The court referred to the Shiruru Mutt verdict in 1954 as a precedent that the government cannot interfere in the matter of Mutts and Mutt-run educational institutions without legislation. “The internal problem of Muruga Mutt should be resolved within six weeks by the leaders of the devotee group and society. In this case the administrator should not take any important decision. If the abbot of the disputed monastery is in jail, then the abbot may have administrative powers. But, unmanageable. So, the leaders of the society should decide on this,” explained the verdict.
Reference to several factors:
What are monasteries? How the concept of math was born, when was it born, its purpose, scope, law, the relationship between the math and the government, the rulings of the rights and obligations of the constitution, the status of the head of the math, and many other aspects are mentioned in the judgment.
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