Status quo ordered on land acquisition for HR&CE college

The order came on a plea filed by Tamilarasi Deivasigamani, a devotee, who wanted the court to restrain HR&CE from acquiring five acres belonging to Athanuramman temple at Chittalandur.

Published: 25th December 2021 05:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th December 2021 05:16 AM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court.

Madras High Court.

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court ordered status quo over acquisition of land belonging to a temple in Namakkal district for constructing a building for Sri Arthanareeswarar Arts and Science College by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department.

The order came on a plea filed by Tamilarasi Deivasigamani, a devotee, who wanted the court to restrain HR&CE from acquiring five acres belonging to Athanuramman temple at Chittalandur. Though the temple administration committee had passed a resolution to part with the land, the petitioner contended that it must be utilised only for the shrine’s use.

Referring to a recent interim order by a division bench regarding HR&CE colleges, Justice Suresh Kumar said the bench had said that HR&CE cannot use temple land to set up colleges and those already established will be subject to the final decision of the court.

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