Free Hindu temples from Govt control: Swamy tells Jayalalithaa
Chennai, January 10: Citing the landmark Supreme Court judgement that the no government should take over the Hindu Temple management, BJP leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy has appealed the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Dr. J. Jayalalithaa to free Hindu temples from Govt control.
A Supreme Court Division Bench on 6 January 2014, set aside the Madras High Court judgement in the Dikshitars of Nataraj temple at Chidambaram Vs Tamil Nadu State Government’ case which was in favour of the TN government and ruled that the State government cannot control the temple administration and the Podu Dakshitars, the traditional guardians of the temple will manage the temple administrations as per its ancient religious precedent.
Swamy, in his letter dated 9 January, says that the SC judgment in the Civil Appeal No. 10620 of 2013 in which he was the Appellant and the TN Government was the Respondent. The judgment was delivered in apllicants’ favour on January 6th, 2014 by a Division Bench.
Swamy has also enclosed an extract of the said judgment, viz., paragraphs 46 to 50 which mentions the SC ruling that –“... any takeover of a temple administration by the Government, by an Order of appointment of an Executive Officer, which Order does not disclose the period of validity of the order, is arbitrary, illegal and unjust. Therefore the said Order is liable to be quashed by the Court.”
Through his letter, Dr. Swamy has appealed TN CM Jayalalithaa for her co-operation for de-notifying of all the forty-seven thousand temples which are presently under her Government control which now becomes illegal as per SC verdict.
Dr. Swamy has also says that in his capacity as Convener of the Legal Cell of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, he can assist the Government for orderly freeing of the temples at the earliest in a phased manner.
Swamy has urged the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for help to rectify the “monstrous discrimination against the Hindu temples” that has been practiced in the State in the last 90 years.