//Devaswom Board to conduct vigilance probe into actress' claim

Devaswom Board to conduct vigilance probe into actress' claim

The Hindu, June 4, 2006

Decision on further inquiry to be taken at its meeting on July 7

KOCHI: The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) on Monday informed a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court that the Board had instructed the Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Security of the Board, to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the controversy over the alleged visit of Kannada actor Jayamala to the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.

A decision on further inquiry would be taken at the Board's meeting on July 7. It also informed the Court that the expenses of the `devaprasnam' were met by the Board, except a portion of the `dakshina,' which was sponsored by devotees.

The Board filed the statement before the Court in response to a petition filed by Jayakumar and another person seeking a directive to conduct a fresh `devaprasnam' and a probe into Ms. Jayamala's alleged visit to the temple.

`Pariharakriya'

The TDB also said in the statement that the Board members had sworn in front of the sanctum sanctorum that `prayaschitha karmam' and `pariharakriya' would be performed without fail.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice V. K. Bali and Justice M. Ramachandran would take up the petition on Tuesday.