Kerala HC seeks report on ‘halal-certified’ jaggery at Sabarimala temple

The Kerala High Court Wednesday sought a report from the Sabarimala temple’s managing physique after a petition alleged that “halal-certified” jaggery was getting used within the preparation of its prasada.

The Division Bench of Justices Anil Okay Narendran and P G Ajithumar directed the Travancore Devaswom Board secretary, its commissioner and the particular commissioner at Sabarimala to submit a report on the standard of the temple’s jaggery.

S J R Kumar, common convener of the pro-BJP Sabarimala Action Committee, claimed that the temple administration was utilizing “spoiled” Halal-certified jaggery powder at Sabarimala.

“It is extremely disheartening to see that the meals supplies ready following the rituals and spiritual practices of one other faith with its certification is accepted as meals materials for the preparation of Naivedyam/Prasada in a Hindu temple having its personal rituals and customs,’’ mentioned the petition.

The petitioner, a former president of state unit of VHP, even claimed that “Muslim religious scholars have been proclaiming publicly that saliva is a necessary ingredient for certifying halal in the preparation of food materials”.

Travancore Devaswom Board chief and senior CPI(M) chief Okay Ananthagopan dismissed the allegations. “In 2018, a Maharashtra-based firm provided jaggery for Sabarimala. The agency was engaged in exporting jaggery and these export luggage talked about halal certification. As these luggage have been discovered to be of inferior high quality, we hadn’t used that offer on the temple. The allegation is baseless and we are going to take authorized motion,’’ he mentioned.

The court docket requested the temple officers to submit a report on the problem.

Meanwhile, the annual pilgrimage on the temple started on Tuesday.


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