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Madras HC Directs Government, says Mobilize Funds & Take Care of Temple Properties Across the State

Lawstreet Journal 12 Mar 2021 5:17pm

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Case Title: A. Radhakrishnan v. The Secretary to Government Personnel and Administrative (Inspections) and others [W.P.(MD) No.4725 of 2021 and W.M.P(MD)No.3833.

Recently, the State Government was directed by the Madras High Court to make all the possible efforts for protecting the temple bodies across the state along with mobilizing funds for the maintenance of temples and restoration if required.

The matter was being heard by Chief Justice Sanib Banerjee along with Justice R. Hemlatha. The Bench observed:

Temple lands often fall into disuse and are encroached upon and water bodies within temple lands become virtual public properties without any protection. It is imperative that appropriate measures are taken in such regard all over the State" 

Facts of the Matter

A plea requesting for directions to the State Government had been filed before the court. One of the directions being the constitution of committees to inspect the records which are maintained by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments’ Department Officials all over the state along with those maintained by Arulmigu Subramaniaswamy Thirukoil Temple along with other temples in the state. 

It further pursued directions which could secure and safeguard the interests of the temples across the State along with directing the Commissioner, Hindu Religious anf Charitable Endowment Department for initiating departmental action against the delinquent officials which could be held responsible for the missing records of the temple and its properties. 

Observations of the Court

After the submissions of the Petitioner, the Court noted the fact as proposed by the Respondents that substantive directions had been issued by the… Continue Reading...

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