GUWAHATI, Feb 3 � In a significant development, the Supreme Court of India today asked the Kamrup (Metro) district administration to hand over the possession of the office of the Kamakhya Debuttor Board and the Jalakuber and the Dhanakuber of the Kamakhya Temple to the Debuttor Board with immediate effect.
The Supreme Court order further states that the Dolois (priests) of the temple should restrict themselves only to offering pujas inside the temple and they are not to interfere with the matters related to temple administration. The Debuttor Board is to exercise the administrative powers in matters of running the temple affairs.
The Supreme Court also asked the Kamrup (Metro) district administration to prepare an inventory of the precious items stored in the storehouse (Bharal) of the temple in response to the prayer made by the petitioner Riju Prasad Sarma, administrator of the Debuttor Board.
With these two directives, the court disposed of the contempt petition (No- 502-504 of 2011) filed by Riju Prasad Sarma, who alleged that the interim order passed by the Supreme Court on November 11, 2011 was not complied with by the State administration.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has already issued notice on the Special Leave Petition [SLP (Civil) No- 30721-30723/2011] filed by the Debuttor Board against the judgement and order passed by the court of Justice Amitav Roy and Justice Hareswar Barua of the Gauhati High Court on October 25, 2011 in Writ Appeal No- 311 and 312/2004 and in Writ Petition (Civil) No- 923/2005. The matter has been fixed after six weeks, Debuttor Board sources said.