A three-judge Bench of CJI Bobde, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian said that in modification of all the interim orders passed by the Supreme Court earlier, the Gokarna Mahabaleshwar temple shall function under the oversight committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna.
Earlier, the Court had stayed the Karnataka High Court order which handed over the temple management to the committee headed by Justice Sri Krishna.
The appellant-mutt has been directed to hand over the management of the mutt to the committee
The committee shall function adhering to all temple customs and traditions, the Supreme Court ordered.
The Overseeing Committee shall consist of the following as members;
(i)Deputy Commissioner, Uttara Kannada District
(ii)Superintendent of Police, Uttara Kannada District
(iii)Assistant Commissioner, Kumta Sub Division,Kumta
(iv)Two eminent persons/scholars, capable of discharging their functions as members of the Committee, to be nominated by the State Government;
(v)Two Upadivantas of Gokarna Temple to be nominated by the Deputy Commissioner in consultation with the State Government.
The two eminent persons and the two Upadivantas indicated above to be members shall be nominated within 15 days from the date of the order and the committee shall takeover the management of the temple immediately thereafter.
The management of the Committee will be subject to the final order in the appeal.
The pleas challenged the impugned final judgment and order of the High Court of Karnataka dated 10.08.2018 whereby it had quashed the Government Order dated 12.08.2008 by which the Gokarna Mahabaleshwara Temple was de-notified from the purview of Section 23 of the Karnataka Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowments Act, 1997
The Karnataka High Court had in August 2018 quashed government's 2008 order handing over the management of the Mahabaleshwara temple to Sree Ramachandrapura Mutt.
The court had also constituted a overseeing committee, headed by the Uttara Kannada Deputy Commissioner (DC), to monitor the daily affairs of the Mahabaleshwara and other allied temples, and had appointed B.N. Srikrishna, a former judge of the Supreme Court, as adviser to the committee.
Case Title : Ramchandrapura Math v Sri Samsthana Mahabaleshwara Devaru and others; Citation : LL 2021 SC 221