Litigants against temple committee slapped with costs in precedent case

Litigants against temple committee slapped with costs in precedent case

KUALA LUMPUR : In a precedent ruling, the Shah Alam High Court imposed costs on a litigant who sued a temple committee. Previous cases involving temples did not involve monetary costs.

The precedent ruling was delivered by Shah Alam High Court judge SM Komathy Suppiah in a case involving the former committee member and present committee members of the Sri Mahamariamman temple in Kelana Jaya.

“The judge allowed our application to strike off the plaintiff’s claim and imposed RM5000 as costs. We submitted that the costs should be exemplary to deter frivolous litigants from dragging temple committees or places of worship to court,” said defence lawyer V Kokila Vani to The Leaders Online.

Former temple secretary of the Sri Mahamariamman temple N Rajagopal had filed a writ of summons against the current Sri Mahamariamman temple committee, temple chairman R Chandraveloo, deputy chairman M Anandarajoo and temple secretary V Ramachandran.

He demanded for the temple accounts to be disclosed, profits from temple hall, jewellery owned by the temple and fair election in the appointment of the temple committee members.

Kokila in her submission stated that Rajagopal had no locus standi as he was not a current member of the temple committee.

By: K. Pragalath

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