//Kerala HC orders vigilance probe into Sabarimala mess irregularities

Kerala HC orders vigilance probe into Sabarimala mess irregularities

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court, on Thursday, ordered a vigilance enquiry into the alleged irregularities in the conduct of the mess at Sabarimala and Pampa. A Division Bench, comprising Justice R. Bhaskaran and Justice M. Sasidharan Nambiar, directed the vigilance director to constitute a team to conduct the enquiry and submit the report within six weeks.

The court directed that the genuineness and correctness of the accounts relating to the conduct of the mess during 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 should be scrutinised and if shortcomings were found, the persons responsible for such irregularities should be identified.

The court ordered the vigilance enquiry after considering the report submitted by D. Sreevallabhan, Special Commissioner of Sabarimala. According to Sreevallabahan, the registers kept in the mess did not show a correct picture and the numbers regarding the persons participating in the mess were ”exaggerated”.

During the course of the hearing, the state government informed the court that a comprehensive enquiry is to be conducted into the functioning of the mess