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Should not the government professing to be secular treat all religions at par? – Madras High Court while quashing FIRs against Temple Activist

Lawstreet Journal 26 Feb 2022 4:47am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Should not the government professing to be secular treat all religions at par? – Madras High Court while quashing FIRs against Temple Activist

The executive officer of the Srirangam Lord Ranganathswamy temple made a complaint against Activist Rangarajan Narasimhan through a police complaint. He alleged that the statements made by Rangarajan Narasimhan through his social media posts were “wild and calculated to cause alarm in the minds of the devotees”. 

Acitivist Rangarajan Narasimhan however said, that he was only trying to bring out the various wrongdoings of the temple administration and nothing else. 

The temple activist thus approached the Madras High Court with this present petition. Mr Venu Srinivasan, ex-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, is also made one of the respondents to the present petition.

Justice GR Swaminatthan, Madras High Court while quashing two FIRS against Temple Activist Rangarajan Narasimhan said that Section 199 of the Criminal Procedure Code puts limitations on the registration of FIRs in matters of defamation. Section 199 mandates that the courts do not take cognizance in defamation matters unless the complaint has been made by some person aggrieved of the offence

When the matter was adjudicated, the single judge bench also raised some questions about the administration of temples. 

"Should they (temples) continue to be under the thumb of the government? Should not the government professing to be secular treat all religions at par? Are not knowledgeable and committed activists like Shri.T.R.Ramesh justified in arguing that the government should exercise the same degree and level over temples as are exercised over churches and mosques? Such questions and thoughts cross my mind because… Continue Reading...


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