KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday initiated suo motu proceedings on the alleged begging on the premises of Ernakulathappan Temple in Kochi.
The Division Bench also impleaded the state government, Ernakulam Range Inspector General of Police and Ernakulam District Collector as additional respondents in the case.
A Division Bench comprising Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Sunil Thomas initiated the proceedings based on newspaper reports regarding the menace of beggar mafia.
It was reported that certain individuals were harassing devotees visiting the temple.
Cochin Devaswom Board and the Temple Advisory Committee also submitted before the High Court that beggar mafia is causing disturbances to the devotees.