Mindless meddling with 16th century temple alleged
The Madras High Court appointed committee has asked the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department to give its response to the questionnaire with regard to guidelines on renovation of Tirvottiyur Thiyagaraja Swamy Temple and Triplicane Parthasarathy Temple.
The questionnaire was prepared by the committee constituted by the First Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam. The panel was headed by amicus curie and former Advocate-General P.S. Raman. The other members include noted archaeologist R. Nagaswamy, advocate C. Kanagaraj, Aparajitha Vishwanath, Prof. Swaminathan, and K. Balasubramaniam.
Taking suo motu note of media reports that the government had failed to set up the heritage committee even after enacting a law three years , the court clubbed it with a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by S. Srikumam, secretary of the Heritage Conservation Society.
In his petition, Mr. Srikumar had alleged that the HR&CE officials had mindlessly meddled with the affairs of the 16-century Thiyagaraja Swamy temple. They had built a modern office with toilet right next to a shrine on the temple complex and digging centuries-old granite floor.....................Read more
Source: The Hindu