Cuttack, Jan 10:
In a significant verdict the Odisha High Court on Thursday has ruled that sevayats(servitors) of temples who have been provided with land for serving the Lords cannot claim title rights over these lands nor can they sell it.
Property title rights and other rights of these properties will always remain in the names of the presiding deity/Lord of the temple concerned, the court order said.
If any sevayat sells these lands it will be termed illegal and the temple concerned can get it back, ruled a two member bench of the Odisha High Court comprising Justice Indrajit Mohanty and Justice B N Mahapatra in its verdict while adjudicating a case pertaining to sale of lands belonging to Lingaraj Temple.
As a consequence of the High Court’s verdict on Thursday no sevayat enjoying rights over land belonging to temples can sell them.
The Court has further said that if any sevayat discontinues /stops rendering the service to the temple concerned for which he was provided with the piece of land then the land will be withdrawn from him and provided to a new sevayat who is willing to provide such service to the temple.
The High Court in its judgment has made it clear that the temple can get back any such land that has been sold already by any sevayat.