Church | The High Court has allowed the Muthavalli rule to continue in the Pallikkal Bazaar church which was seized by the EK faction due to administrative influence. The High Court rejected a petition filed by a former committee seeking stay of the Waqf Board order appointing an interim Mutawalli.
After hearing detailed arguments in the petition, the court allowed the interim Muthavalli to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Mahal Committee. The court had yesterday dismissed the petition after the Waqf Board clarified that there was no violation of any procedure in the proceedings.
The Waqf Board has appointed retired police sub-inspector NV Alavikutty as interim chief. On April 7, the Waqf Board issued an order in this regard and he was appointed as the Chief Minister on the 10th.
Problems began in 2014 at Pallikal Bazaar Mahal, where Sunnis have ruled together since its formation. The problems started when the EK faction tried to take possession of the church by stealing church documents. The EK faction launched a planned attack on Sunni activists who questioned this. Several people were injured. Then the church was closed for a long time.
In 2015, the Waqf Board issued an election notification. After realizing that they could not win the election, the EK faction used political influence to manipulate the voter list, which again caused problems. Despite this, Mahal residents boycotted the election, but in 2016, the EK faction took over the Mahal government through political influence.
When the term of this committee came to an end in 2018, the residents of Mahal approached the Waqf Board to select a new committee. Subsequently, on April 7, 2022, the Kerala Waqf Board issued an order for the administration of the Interim Mutawalli and the interim Mutawalli rule in the Mahal would commence from the 10th.