Thiruvananthapuram: In a victory for the erstwhile Travancore royal family, the Supreme Court on Monday held that its members’ shebaitship (right to manage the deity’s property) at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple survived on the death of the ruler as per custom.
The court held that the death of a ruler did not result in escheatment of property in favour of the government despite the 26th Amendment (to terminate the privy purses and privileges of the Rulers of former Indian States) of the Constitution.
The court, however, has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the district judge, who will continue as the administrative head.
The committee, which will have Hindus as members, will decide on the opening of 'vault B'.
With this, the court has dismissed arguments that covenants executed by the erstwhile Travancore king have 'no existence' and are 'not enforceable'.