Kochi: Kerala High Court on Thursday criticized commercialisation of Sabarimala, a famous pilgrim centre in the state, where lakhs of pilgrims offer worship to Lord Ayyappa during the annual pilgrimage season from November to January.
A division bench comprising Justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice A V Ramakrishna Pillai observed that auctioning of space for parking vehicles and shops during the pilgrim season were conducted "even worse than abkari auction".
The observation was made while considering a petition by Yuva Morcha against excessive parking rates at Nelakkal and Pamba and a petition for police protection was filed by a contractor.
The bench granted police protection to the contractor and directed the board to find out ways and means to stop auctioning rights for commercial purpose.
Story first published:
November 22, 2012 19:53 IST