HC notice to govt over making DK Suresh temple chairman

The petition argues that self-contradiction in the impugned order is sufficient to establish that it is not legally sustainable.

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday ordered notices to the state government and the management committee of Kabbalamma Temple, Ramanagaram district, on a petition against the "illegal" appointment of Bengaluru Rural parliamentarian, D K Suresh, as chairman of the committee.

Justice Raghvendra S Chauhan passed the orders on a petition filed by Ravikumar Kanchanhalli, a resident of Ramanagaram and a devotee of the temple who has urged the court to quash the constitution of the management committee and direct the government to form a fresh committee in accordance with the law.

According to the petitioner, the government had issued a notification on July 28, 2017, inviting applications from members of the public under section 25 of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Act, 2011.

A mandatory condition in the impugned order itself is that the member of the said committee cannot be a member of any political party. Despite this, Suresh, who is a Congress MP, was made a member and chairman of the committee, the petitioner said. 

The petition argues that self-contradiction in the impugned order is sufficient to establish that it is not legally sustainable. Furthermore, Suresh is explicitly barred under the 2011 act.

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