Kerala High Court criticises commercialisation of Sabarimala

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Kerala High Court criticises commercialisation of Sabarimala

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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.

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