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Supreme Court Stays Madras High Court's Order Permitting Take Over of Temple Land for Construction of Collectorate [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 22 Sep 2021 5:48pm

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The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of a Madras High Court order allowing the State Government to lease 35 acres of Nareeswarar Temple land in Veeracholapuram for the purpose of constructing a collectorate for the Kallakurichi district on Friday (September 17, 2021).

While staying the High Court's order, the bench of Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari also issued notice in the special leave petition filed by activist Rangarajan Narasimhan.

Case before Madras High Court

To protect the interests of the Saivite Temple and its properties since the original trustees were deposed in 1998 and the state's Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department had done little for the temple's up liftment, renovation, and maintenance, the petitioner (Rangarajan Narasimhan) had approached the High Court against the State's proposal to use the land for district headquarters. 

His contention was that the State's bid to acquire the property was illegal, and that there was an alternative land available in the area itself. It was also his contention that there was no reason for the State to seize the temple land other than the temple might not have a guardian.

Narasimhan also claimed that the de facto acquisition of a large portion of temple land violated Section 34 of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959, and that such de facto acquisition ran counter to G.O.Ms.No.79 issued by the State's Housing and Urban Development Department on May 4, 2017.

The Madras High Court bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and… Continue Reading...

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