CHENNAI: A vacation judge of the Madras High Court on Wednesday permitted the organisers of Chithirai festivals in temples to conduct ‘Aadal, Paadal’, programmes subject to certain conditions.
Passing orders on a batch of writ petitions, Justice K Kalyanasundaram granted the conditional permission.
According to RP Murugan Raja, an advocate, his client P Arivudainambi proposed to conduct the Chithirai festival at Chillakudi Pachaiamman temple in Alathur taluk in Perambalur district on June 12.
A cultural programme formed part of the celebrations. When police permission was sought on May 5, the Ariyalur police refused citing law and order problem. Hence, the present petition, Raja said.
Disposing of the petitions, the judge made it clear that there should not be any kind of obscene dance or use of vulgar dialogues during the performance between 6 pm and 11 pm. Double meaning songs should not be played so as to spoil the minds of the youth and students.
No dance or songs, touching upon any political party, religion, community, or caste should be played. No flex boards in support of any political party or communal leader should be erected at the premises of the programme. The functions should not affect the religious or communal harmony and should be conducted without any discrimination based on caste, the judge said.