The Madras high court on Friday sent across a powerful message that nobody may henceforward dare to steal temple properties because it had been happening since ages thanks to absence of a robust observance mechanism. The court same, as a keeper of all temples and its properties within the State, it might keep an in depth watch on such activities in each temple.
A special Division Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and P.D. Audikesavalu issued the warning throughout the hearing of a series of idol theft-related cases. Former judge Indira Banerjee (now a Supreme Court judge) had official the special Bench early this year solely for hearing all idol larceny connected cases filed within the tribunal.
“We wish to create one issue terribly clear. everyone ought to perceive that no-one ought to have the heart to the touch the properties of this land. Those days area unit gone. This court can monitor each activity within the temple. we tend to area unit terribly aware concerning protective the treasures of this land. they can't be exclude similar to that,” Mr. Justice Mahadevan same.
Later expressing discontentedness over the Idol Wing - Criminal Investigation Department (CID) not having been able to even pinpoint the whereabouts of Chennai businesspersons Ranvir Shah and Kiran Velagupudi (Kiran Rao), from whom many idols were recovered concerning three months agone, the judges granted them prevenient bail.
“They (Idol Wing-CID) haven't been able to move an in. for the last three months. they need not been able to arrest the petitioners. Let the petitioners a minimum of seem before the Idol Wing for interrogation once grant of prevenient bail,” Mr. Justice Mahadevan told his companion choose World Health Organization concurred with him on granting the relief.
Taking note of the actual fact that the couple had given their passports, the Bench directed each of them to seem before a special lower court official in Kumbakonam, on the directions of the tribunal last year, for attempting all idol larceny cases set-aside within the State and execute a bond excluding submitting sureties to the satisfaction of the inferior court.
They were additionally ordered to seem before the Idol Wing CID officers in Tiruchi daily for interrogation. The officers, in turn, were granted liberty to approach the court for modification or cancellation of the prevenient bail if they acquire any credible material to prove the alleged guilt of the petitioners in having been concerned within the accusations levelled against them.
During the course of hearing of the advance bail plea, senior counsel R. Shanmugasundaram, representing Ms. Rao, said, the prosecution should apologise to the court for having created a false claim that each the petitioners had fled from the country. He claimed that his shopper was greatly on the market within the country and she or he was willing to join forces with the probe.
Immediately, further public prosecutor C. Iyyapparaj apologised to the court and same that he had created the submissions solely on the idea of directions given to him by the Idol Wing CID. Asking him to not be sorry, the judges same that as a defender he was expected solely to put the directions given to him by the work agency.
Subsequently, once advocate ‘Elephant’ G. Rajendran, World Health Organization had been instrumental in transportation to light-weight many idol larceny cases, sought-after police protection for him citing threats from varied corners, the judges asked the APP to create positive that nothing befalls on the professional till they hear his petition throughout the primary week of January.
“There isn't any safety on behalf of me My Lord, they'll do away with Pine Tree State any moment. Unless police protection is granted to Pine Tree State, i'll got to leave Bharat,” he same in his fervent attractiveness to the judges.