Vellappally Natesan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has declined to grant a stay on the Kerala High Court's ruling that individuals charged with criminal cases cannot serve as office bearers of Sree Narayana Trust. Justices Krishna Murari and Sanjay Kumar dismissed the plea for a stay, but the court has issued a notice to the opposing party in the case regarding the petition against the Kerala High Court's decision.
SN Trust and SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court verdict, which stated that individuals implicated in fraud and property cases must refrain from serving as trustees until they are acquitted. This ruling alters a crucial amendment to provisions in the trust's bylaws.
Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi and Abraham, representing SN Trust and Vellappally Natesan, had sought a stay on the High Court's order. However, the opposing party in the case, represented by lawyer G. Prakash on behalf of former trust member Cherunniyoor Jayaprakash, opposed the plea.