HC questions TN govt’s decision to transfer rich temples’ funds to village shrines

Chennai: The Madras High Court has urged the Tamilnadu government to revisit its plan to utilise surplus funds of financially-sound temples to renovate village shrines.

Such schemes cannot be implemented as government freebies, the bench of Justices MM Sundresh and R Hemalatha observed.

The court questioned the Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department on sanctioning Rs 1 lakh for each temple without looking at their needs.

“Some temples might require Rs 4 lakh for renovation and some might need Rs 50,000. What purpose would be solved by allotting a fixed amount to all temples?” it asked.

This comes a few days after the Madras High Court sought the response of the HR&CE Department to a public interest litigation petition which claimed that the presence of Executive Officers in as many as 60 popular temples in the State is illegal since they had not been appointed in accordance with law.

Justices Sundresh and Hemalatha ordered notice to the State government after hearing senior counsel G Rajagopalan representing the PIL petitioner, T R Ramesh, of Indic Collective Trust.


NT Bureau