‘Will not hesitate to summon chief secy over temple security’, says Madras High Court

Court says directives to strengthen strong rooms were not fully implemented

Published: 14th July 2018 04:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2018 04:16 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:The Madras High Court observed on Friday that it would not hesitate to summon even the Chief Secretary if the court orders are not implemented.When the matter relating to the idol theft cases came up, taking a serious view that his directives with regard to strengthening the strong rooms in temples were not fully implemented, Justice R Mahadevan said he would be constrained to order the appearance of the Chief Secretary if immediate steps are not taken to fortify the strong rooms.

When the Additional Advocate-General said there was no necessity to summon the CS as the HR&CE Commissioner had made his presence in the court, the judge pointed out that the courts have ample power to summon the Chief Secretary. However, he refrained himself from doing so.

The judge had directed the government to strengthen the strong rooms in temples where the idols and jewellery of the deities are kept.The AAG submitted that about 11,512 temples have strong rooms, yet 3,000 more are to be built. The government may need time till 2021, he said.The judge said that the government had woken up only after the court’s orders.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp