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Andhra HC admits PIL against jumbo TTD board

Andhra HC admits PIL against jumbo TTD board

The Andhra Pradesh state high court on Monday admitted a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by TDP leader questioning the constitution of a jumbo trust board for Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams by the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government.

The petition was filed by advocate Y Balaji on behalf of TDP’s Kalyanadurgam in-charge Madineni Uma Maheshwara Naidu.

He challenged the order (GO Rt No. 569 dated September 15) issued by the state government in nominating as many as 52 special invitees to the TTD trust board.

The petitioner wondered how many special invitees could be appointed by giving them all the privileges on par with regular members of the TTD Trust Board regarding darshan and their tenure.

He said the GO was illegal, arbitrary and also contrary to the section 96 of Andhra Pradesh Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Acts, 1987, and also violation of Article 25 of the Constitution of India.

The petitioner said the decision would cause hardship and hurdle to have a darshan to the common public/devotees.

He requested that the high court intervene in the matter and ask the government to suspend the GO, appointing 52 special invitees.

He said the jumbo TTD trust board formed by the state government has more members than that of the Union Cabinet.

And also mentioned that it will be a herculean task for the board to manage the temple with having more than 80 members in the board.

The HC is likely to list the matter for hearing on Tuesday.

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