Non-brahmin priest row: Minister vows action

The government has termed illegal the Travancore Devaswom Board’s decision to stall the transfer of a non-Brahmin priest to Chettikulangara Devi temple.

Published: 24th August 2017 01:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2017 01:09 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has termed illegal the Travancore Devaswom Board’s (TDB) decision to stall the transfer of a non-Brahmin priest to Chettikulangara Devi temple following opposition from the temple head priest and a Hindu outfit.

Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, also vowed strict action against the Devaswom  Commissioner for issuing such a ‘retrograde’ order. The commissioner’s decision was a violation of the  Supreme Court’s  order barring caste as a criterion in the appointment of priests, he said. “The TDB move to restore untouchability on grounds of implementing temple customs is quite shameful,” Kadakampally said.

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