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No probe in 'Makara Jyothi', Kerala govt tells HC

January 27, 2011 15:19 IST

The Kerala government on Thursday informed the state high court that it does not propose to conduct any kind of probe into the controversy related to Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku, in the backdrop of the Sabarimala tragedy on January 14, which claimed 102 lives.

The submission in this regard was made by the government pleader before the division bench comprising Justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice P S Gopinath when three petitions, including one submitted by the Rationalists Association, came up before the bench.

The GP said the chief minister has already stated that the government does not want to hold any probe in this regard.

He pointed at media reports quoting Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, stating that the government was not going to probe whether it was a divine phenomenon or man-made exercise, as the whole issue was a matter of faith for millions.

The bench had earlier wanted to know if Makara Jyothi was man-made and the difference between Makara Jyothi and Makara Vilakku.

Meanwhile, since the matter was of public interest, the Devaswom bench posted the three petitions before Chief Justice J Chelameswar for further hearing.

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