Andhra High Court admits PIL against giant TTD counsel
The High Court of the State of Andhra Pradesh on Monday admitted a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by the head of the TDP challenging the constitution of a jumbo board of directors for Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams by the government YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The petition was filed by lawyer Y Balaji on behalf of Madineni Uma Maheshwara Naidu, head of the TDP in Kalyanadurgam.
He challenged the order (GO Rt No. 569 dated September 15) issued by the state government by appointing up to 52 special guests to TTD’s board of directors.
The petitioner wondered how many special guests could be appointed giving them full privileges on par with regular TTD board members regarding darshan and their tenure.
He said the GO was illegal, arbitrary and also contrary to section 96 of the 1987 Hindu and Hindu Religious Institutions and Religious Institutions Acts of Andhra Pradesh, as well as a violation of section 25 of the Indian Constitution.
The petitioner said the decision will cause difficulties and an obstacle to having darshan for the common audience / devotees.
He asked the High Court to intervene in the case and ask the government to suspend the GO, appointing 52 special guests.
He said the giant TTD board formed by the state government had more members than the Union Cabinet.
And also mentioned that it will be a Herculean task for the council to manage the temple with over 80 members in the council.
The HC is expected to register the case for hearing on Tuesday.
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