HC – The New Indian Express
Express press service
MADURAI: Asking about the state of thousands of temples that are facing neglect, Madras HC’s Madurai Bench asked if they should continue to be under government control.
Cancellation of two defamation lawsuits against an activist,
Rangarajan Narasimhan, on which FIRs have been registered for spreading defamatory allegations against the leadership of Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy temple on social media, Judge GR Swaminathan said: “The government, which claims to be secular, should not treat all religious institutions equally? Aren’t well-informed and committed activists like TR Ramesh justified in arguing that the government should exercise the same degree and level of control over temples as over churches and mosques? »
Pointing out that Venu Srinivasan, about whom the petitioner had raised allegations against social media, is a recipient of Padma Bhushan and also an ex-chairman of the Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple board, the judge noted that he spent his time, money and energy for the restoration of many temples and was praised by the Vice President of India.
Emphasizing that an FIR cannot be registered for the offense under Section 500 of the IPC and that Section 45 of the Information Technology Act provides only a civil remedy and n It’s not a criminal provision, the judge said the petitioner did not pit one group against another. .
Justice Swaminathan also commended Magistrate S Somasundaram who refused to return the petitioner when he was initially arrested by Srirangam Police.