Andhra HC Maintains Appointment Of 52 Guests To Tirupati Temple Board Of Trustees

The petitions sought to find out how these many special guests could be appointed by giving them full privileges on par with regular TTD board members regarding darshan and their tenure.

On Wednesday, Andhra Pradesh’s high court suspended the appointment of 52 people as special guests to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), as well as 24 regular members of the board of trustees that runs the country’s richest temple. Lord Venkateshwara in the district of Chittoor.

Acting on two separate public interest litigation (PIL) motions filed on Monday, a high court division bench comprising Chief Justice Aroop Kumar Goswami and Judge N Jayasuriya issued interim orders staying the two orders of the government (GO n ° 568 and 569) for a period of four weeks while it hears the arguments in detail.

The petitions sought to find out how these many special guests could be appointed by giving them full privileges on par with regular TTD board members regarding darshan and their tenure.

They declared that GOs were illegal, arbitrary and also contrary to section 96 of the 1987 laws on Hindu and Hindu religious institutions and religious institutions of Andhra Pradesh, as well as a violation of section 25 of the Indian Constitution.

At GO, Endowments Department Senior Secretary Vani Mohan said TTD’s administration scope extends to development work, engineering, finance and accounting, marketing, media and publishing, forestry, water supply and human resource management. “The scale and scope of these activities require the inclusion of special guests who are experts in various fields,” he said.

“Tirupati being the most visited place in the state by domestic tourists attracting more than 36 million devotees every year, will greatly benefit from the addition of eminent personalities as special guests to the TTD,” he said. he declares.

The GO added that all special guests would benefit from the privileges accorded to regular members, with the exception of voting rights at the board meeting.

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