Golden Throne, Howdah row reaches SC

The vexed issue of the Golden Throne and the Golden Howdah has reached the doorsteps of Supreme Court. A petition has been filed in the nation’s highest court seeking directions to the state government to take the possession of both the throne and the howdah from the royal family.

The petition has been filed by historian and retired professor from the University of Mysore Prof P V Nanjaraje Urs. Earlier, he had knocked the doors of the Karnataka High Court where the petition was converted into a PIL and was referred to a division bench. The division bench had quashed the petition.

The petitioner had questioned the honorarium or the royalty paid to Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, wife of the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, by the state government every year during Dasara. 

The government pays royalty requesting the royal family to give the throne and the howdah for Dasara celebrations. Nanjaraje Urs contended that the Mysore Palace (Acquisition and Transfer) Act 1998 was in force and the government has taken possession and custody of the Mysuru Palace in the year 1978, but was still paying royalty. 

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