Allowing Applicants from ‘Malayali Bhramins’ as Chief priest in Sabrimala Temple does not violate Art.17: Ker. HC

The Kerala High Court (Ker. HC) while dealing with a batch of writ petitions filed against the notification(s) issued by the Travancore Devaswom Board, on the ground that these notification(s) violate(s) Art. 17 of the Constitution, since it only allowed ‘Malayala Brahmin’ to be eligible for the post of ‘Melsanthies’ (Chief Priests) in Sabarimala Devaswom & Malikappuram Devaswom, has held that, right to worship or entry in a Hindu temple granted to a member of Hindu community under Art. 25(2)(b) of the Constitution is not an absolute right. Further, the Ker. HC relied on Sri Venkataramana Devaru case to note that right under Art. 25(2)(b) of the Constitution is not unlimited right allowing Hindus to worship at all hours of the day, thus the notification is non-violative of Art. 17 of the Constitution.