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Learn about breast cancer this Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to raise awareness among citizens about breast cancer and eye care, Goodwin Charitable Trust has organised an awareness campaign for breast cancer and eye testing at Vashi on Sunday.The programme will be attended by noted personalities from different walks of life. The campaign will be followed by speeches on breast cancer and eye testing by eminent doctors.The campaign will be set up at Satra Plaza, Palm Beach Road in Vashi. Many institutions, NGOs and different organisations have come together in support of this social cause for the benefit of society and the needy.A first of its kind for Goodwin Charitable Trust, the campaign will have an outreach at the local level. “Our intention is to spread awareness among the locals in Vashi and aim to create a public platform for those suffering. All are welcome to attend in order to avail facilities of breast cancer awareness and eye-testing,” said an official of the Trust.

Gujarat Election 2017: AAP’s Kanu Kalsaria to contest as an Independent; seeks Congress’ support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP leader from Gujarat, Kanu Kalsaria, on Saturday announced that he will fight the next month’s state assembly polls as an independent candidate from Mahuva constituency in Bhavnagar district against the “anti-farmer and anti-poor” BJP.Kalsaria, who had joined the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in 2014, said that although he has not formally resigned from AAP, he will not work for it during the polls.”I have not officially resigned from AAP. I have told the party leadership that I am contesting independently from Mahuva. They told me to do whatever I feel right. For now, I am not a member of AAP and I will not be working for it during this election,” Kalsaria, a three-time BJP MLA, said.AAP has so far declared candidates for 20 seats. Kalsaria’s name did not figure in the list.Kalsaria said he filed his nomination as an independent candidate on Friday and will fight the elections under the banner of Sadbhavna Manch, an outfit of Sadbhavna Charitable Trust.Kalsaria had parted ways with the ruling BJP after successfully spearheading farmers’ agitation against Nirma Group’s proposed cement plant in Bhavnagar district in 2011.In 2012, he contested the state elections as an independent candidate, but could not win. In 2014, Kalsaria joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).”People from this (Mahuva) constituency remember my work as an MLA. We built two charitable hospitals under our Sadbhavna Charitable Trust, and we also constructed water bodies. They were not happy that I had left this constituency, so on their insistence I have decided to again contest from here,” Kalsaria said.He said his fight was against the ruling BJP and not against AAP or Congress.”I could have contested from AAP. I am not angry with BJP, Congress or AAP.There are good people in all the parties. But there are certain policies of the BJP that I oppose. I am against the BJP’s policies for farmers and poor.My fight is against the anti-farmer and anti-poor policies of BJP,” he said.Kalsaria had recently met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during one of his campaign tours in the state, raising speculations that he was likely to join the Congress.Kalsaria said he had expressed his desire to contest as an independent candidate and had sought Congress’ backing.”I had requested Rahulji not to field any Congress candidate from Mahuva constituency. Congress is a big national party and is free to field its candidate from Mahuva,” he said.Congress is yet to announce its list of candidates for the elections for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly to be held on December 9 and 14. The results will be out on December 18.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah favours appointing Dalit priests in temples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a cue from neighbouring Kerala, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday spoke in favour of appointing Dalit priests at temples in the state.”No opposition to appoint Dalits as priests at Muzrai (Department of Religious and Charitable Endowments) temples in Karnataka as done in Kerala. We will do it,” Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying in Mysuru.In Karnataka there were about 35,000 temples under the department, a statement from Chief Minister’s Office said.In a landmark step, 36 non-Brahmins, including six Dalits, were recently recommended for appointment in various temples under the Travancore Devaswom Board in Kerala.The Board manages at least 1,248 shrines including the famous Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala.The CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala had termed the appointment as a “silent revolution”.

Uttarakhand: Kidney transplant racket has police on high alert; special team set up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttarakhand Police on Tuesday issuing lookout notices against seven people, including doctors, allegedly involved in the kidney transplant racket here. The police also set up aspecial team to look into the case after it emerged that it may have international links.Police sources here said that illegally removed kidneys at the Gangotri Charitable Hospital were being transplanted to affluent people from Gulf countries like Oman in return for hefty sums of money.Uttarakhand DGP Anil Raturi admitted the possibility of the racket having international links butsaid the investigations are still underway and a clear picture will emerge only after their conclusion.A special team headed by SP (Rural) Sarita Dobhal has been constituted to look into the case in view of its seriousness, the DGP said.Dehradun SSP NIvedita Kukreti said lookout notices have been issued against a total of seven persons including two doctors of the hospital and the man who ran the facility after taking it on lease.The lookout notices have been sent to all airports so that the accused are not able to flee the country, the SSP said.“One person has been arrested in connection with the case so far but police teams have been dispatched to several places to nab hospital staff and other people who could be involved in the racket.Preliminary investigations have revealed that one Dr Amit and his son were running the racket, DGP Raturi said.The role of the hospital owner who had given it on lease to the accused is also being investigated, Raturi said.After the racket was unearthed yesterday, police swiftly arrested a mediator named Javed, who hails from Mumbai, from the forests surrounding Lal Tappad.Javed was involved in negotiating the deal with the alleged donors on behalf of the hospital.The racket was unearthed when two persons from Kolkata, whose kidneys (one each) had been removed at the hospital, were being packed off to Delhi, without being paid the amount they had been promised.The two people whose kidneys were removed were Krishna Das and Sheikh Taj Ali.Two other persons — Sushma from Kolkata and Mauji Bhai from Gujarat — were waiting at the hospital for their kidneys to be removed in return for money.However, the police came to know about the racket before they could be operated upon, the SSP said.

HC vacates stay on construction of actors’ forum building

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today vacated its stay on the construction of a building of actors’ forum Nadigar Sangam in T Nagar area here. A bench of justices N Kirubakaran and V Parthiban vacated its interim stay imposed on May 6. The bench had stayed the construction on a plea by two local residents, who had alleged encroachment of a road in T Nagar locality by the Nadigar Sangam Charitable Trust and the South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA) for constructing the building to house multiplex theatres. On the residents’ plea, the court had appointed earlier an advocate-commissioner to examine with assistance from the government authorities if the proposed building of ‘Nadigar Sangam’ was to encroach the road. After perusing the report of the advocate commissioner and other documents produced by the actors’ body today, the court observed that the petitioners had made out no prima facie case and vacated the stay. The petitioners had alleged that the ‘Sangam’ had blocked a road used by residents of the locality for building a commercial complex for the association. The foundation for the building was laid last April with a number of stars, including top actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan attending the event.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Defence Minister hands over ex-gratia to next of kin of battle casualties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday handed over additional ex-gratia amount from the Army Battle Casualties Welfare Fund (ABCWF) to ten next of kin of battle casualties. Speaking on the occasion Jaitley said, ?Till now, it has been the Government, the Armed Forces and the insurance agencies that have been taking care of the families of these martyrs. It is a symbolic concern shown by the citizens that they care for them.? He further said that it is a kind of reciprocity from the people indicating that they now stand with these martyrs and next of their kin. The fund is being pooled by the concerned citizens for such martyrs, Jaitley said. The Defence Minister also released an amount of Rs. 3.04 crore to 142 next of kin of brave soldiers of the Indian Army, who made the supreme sacrifice for the country. The ABCWF has been set up under the department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW), Ministry of Defence following a large number of requests to the Defence Minister from citizens, who expressed willingness to assist families of battle casualties, especially in the context of Siachen incident in February 2016 in which ten soldiers were buried in an avalanche. The fund has been created under the Charitable Endowments Act, 1890 and a bank account bearing No. 90552010165915 has been opened in the South Block Branch of Syndicate Bank, New Delhi for public to deposit money. There is a provision of financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the army battle casualties which are fatal, 60 percent and above disability and battle casualties invalided out due to disability and Rs. 1 lakh to disability less than 60 per cent. This will be in addition to liberalised family pension, financial assistance from Army Group Insurance, Army Welfare Fund and ex-gratia amount. A draft scheme/standard operating procedure has been formulated for administration of the Fund and disbursal of financial assistance to next of kin of battle casualties. The scheme broadly lays down the objectives of the Fund, eligibility for financial assistance, management of the Fund, procedure for receipt of donations and disbursal of financial assistance. The scheme is being implemented through the Army Headquarters, Adjutant General Branch and made effective from January 1, 2016. Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre, Secretary (ESW) Prabhu Dayal Meena, Adjutant General Lt. General Ashwani Kumar and senior officers of MoD and the Armed Forces were also present on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Many schools in city shut early

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains in Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning compelled many schools to either shut early or agree to the request of parents to send back their wards.“We sent children on request of parents but also made a note of which child went with which group, to be sure,” said Pragya Pandya, principal, St Kabir School. Manan Choksi, trustee, Udgam School, said, “At 9.30 am, we decided to declare holiday and accordingly communicated it to parents.”MP Chandran, executive director, Asia Charitable Trust, said, “We had closed pre-primary in the morning itself. Depending on the intensity of the rain and request from parents, we decided about leaving the students early.”Lamiya Shums, director, Anand Niketan, Shilaj, said, “We had decided to shut the school early but as the sky got clear, we changed our decision.”Surender Sachdeva, principal, Delhi Public School, Bopal, said, “Our buses departed early due to water-logging in the city. Closing early was no solution as children are safer in school campus than on roads and jammed traffic.”Even Rachana School did not shut early. Officials said, “Children are safer inside the school.” The school authorities selectively sent the kids when their parents turned up at the school.

PIL filed in HC to restrain transportation of huge rock

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A PIL has been filed in the Madras High Court for a direction to authorities to restrain the transportation of a single rock weighing 380 tons from Thiruvannamalai to Bengaluru. When the petition came up on Friday, a division bench of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice N.Seshasayee adjourned its hearing to July 28. The PIL has been filed by Munikrishnan of Cheyyar Taluk, Thiruvannamalai District. According to petitioner, a charitable trust, Kothandaramaswami Charitable Trust of Bengaluru, was searching for a precious single rock for sculpting an idol and they found it in Korakottai village of Thiruvannamalai district. The land where the single rock was found belongs to the Tamil Nadu government, the petitioner said. He submitted that the state government had permitted the trust to take the single rock and another rock weighing 260 tons. He claimed transportation of these huge rocks was very dangerous to people, besides roads through which these rocks have to be transported are also not viable. The petitioner sought a direction for restraining authorities from allowing transportation of these huge rocks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC stays govt order asking Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed a government order restraining the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT) from carrying out construction of an eye hospital in Ullawas village in Gurugram. A vacation Bench of Justice Anita Chaudhry and Justice Harminder Singh issued a notice to the Haryana government and fixed July 13 as the next date of hearing. The RGCT filed the petition challenging the June 8 order through its counsels Vivek Tankha and R Kartikeya. The trust contended that the order was “illegal, arbitrary and violative of principles of natural justice”, and sought its quashing. The counsel submitted that the petitioner was served with a copy of the impugned order, dated June 8, even as the application for grant of occupation certificate was pending and other permissions were also in operation. The impugned order also mentioned that the change of land use permission granted to the trust had expired and the occupation certificate too had already been refused and the land had allegedly not been put to use within two years. The petitioner was immediately asked to stop the construction work and submit relevant documents regarding extension of CLU permissions, the counsel submitted before the court. The trust sought the court’s direction to the authorities to consider its application for grant of occupation certificate. The RGCT got the land, measuring nearly five acres, on lease in 2010 for 33 years for setting up the charitable eye hospital. The Town and Country Planning department had granted the change of land use (CLU) permission in 2011 to the RGCT for setting up the hospital. Soon after coming to power in Haryana, the BJP government had announced that it would look into how “several extensions” were given to the trust for the construction of the hospital. A senior minister in the BJP government in the state had earlier said if the gram panchayat of Ullawas village proposed to take back the land, the state government would consider the same.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

President Mukherjee to begin 2-day visit to WB from today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Pranab Mukherjee will begin his two-day visit to West Bengal from today. The President will inaugurate the Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences at Sonarpur, South 24 Parganas on Thursday. On the same day, he will receive the first copy of the book ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics? from Prof. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay in Kolkata. On May 19, the President will pay a floral tribute to former President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy on his birth anniversary at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata. Later in the day, he will present Dr. Malati Allen Noble Award, Dr. Sarkar Allen Mahatma Hahnemann Award and Dr. Sankar Allen Swamiji Award instituted by the Dr. Malati Allen Charitable Trust in Kolkata and inaugurate the Integrated Renewable Energy Smart Microgrid Centre and Centre for Water and Environmental Research at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology at Shibpur, Howrah. Before returning to Delhi, he will also receive the books ?Jnan, A-Jnan O Bijnan? and ?Samudra Banijjer Prekshite Sthala Banijjya, Bharat Mahasagar Anchal, 1500-1800? from Dr. Sushil Chaudhury and Dr. (Smt.) Mahasweta Chaudhury.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adarsh Charitable Foundation organises health camp in Mahudi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, May 11 (ANI-NewsVoir): Adarsh Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. organised a health camp in Mahudi village of Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. The soaring heat did not deter 450 villagers of Mahudi from attending the health camp organised by Adarsh Charitable Foundation (ACF). With a vision to create a model village, Mahudi, known for the famous Ghantakarna Mahavir temple, Adarsh Charitable Foundation started with a free health and eye check-up camp held at Smt. S. S. Rathod School. This health camp was supported by the Blind People?s Association and Bareja Hospital, Ahmedabad. The health camp included distribution of medicines and spectacles. The villagers who needed surgery for cataract were taken to Bareja Hospital in Ahmedabad for free cataract operation. A total of 56 people underwent cataract as well as other eye-related surgeries. Mukesh Modi, Founder and Mentor, Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd., Rahul Modi, MD, Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd., Biju Mathew, VP and CSR Head, Adarsh Charitable Foundation and Nandini Rawal, Director, Blind People?s Association, Ahmedabad were present on this occasion. Speaking on Adarsh Charitable Foundation initiatives, Rahul Modi, MD, Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. said, ?Adarsh Charitable Foundation has adopted Mahudi village and we are working towards providing all necessary facilities in the Mahudi village for its overall development. Adarsh Charitable Foundation will soon open library in the school and will also provide internet connectivity in the village. Adarsh Charitable Foundation is working closely with the villagers of Mahudi and will put all the efforts to make Mahudi, a model village of Gujarat.? Biju Mathew, VP and CSR Head, Adarsh Charitable Foundation said, ?Adarsh Charitable Foundation is a young and professional organisation that aims to work with some of the most under-privileged and vulnerable communities across India. In the coming years, we will provide health, education and livelihood opportunities to the poor both through our direct interventions and by partnering other organisations.? Adarsh Charitable Foundation started a new chapter in its journey, when it opened its office in Ahmedabad, which now serves as its head office. Having begun work since 2015, Adarsh Charitable Foundation has been giving back to the society through various blood donation camps, blanket distribution, rainwater harvesting and many such measures in Sirohi, Rajasthan, the birthplace of Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. This year, with an aim to expand to rest of the country, Adarsh Charitable Foundation has set up its headquarters in Ahmedabad with focus on working on the provision of health, livelihood and education opportunities to the underprivileged in the country. (ANI-NewsVoir) Ends KS NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nations don’t build a relationship, people do: Sajjan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan inaugurated the new office of the Consulate General of Canada here today and said nations do not build relationships, people do. “I am very proud of the work being done by the Consulate-General of Canada in Chandigarh in strengthening people-to-people ties between Punjab and Canada. Nations do not build a relationship, people do,” he said. Amid tight security arrangements, Sajjan reached the Elante office complex here shortly after 9 AM and inaugurated the new office of the consulate, which offers a wide range of services, including assistance to the Canadians, helping companies to do business with Canada, visa services. The Indian-born Canadian defence minister who is on a seven-day visit to India from April 17, later held a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar at Chandigarh airport, officials here said. Yesterday, Sajjan had paid obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar and also visited the All India Pingalwara Charitable Society on the outskirts of the city, where he met under-privileged children. Later that afternoon, he visited a girls’ orphanage in Jalandhar. Sajjan also went to his native village of Bambeli in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab where he was accorded a warm welcome by the villagers. Ahead of the Canadian defence minister’s visit, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said he would not meet Sajjan and described him as a “Khalistani sympathiser”. Sajjan, however, rubbished Amarinder’s allegation that he is “pro-Khalistani” and said he would not get into any petty politics with the Chief Minister. He also downplayed the Ontario legislative assembly recently passing a motion describing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as “genocide” in India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Victorias banned, rehab of men and horses still a far cry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is over a year since Mumbai’s iconic horse-driven carriages, famed as Victorias, have been banned by the Bombay High Court, holding their operation as cruelty to animals. But scores of families who used to make a living out of the buggies are yet to be rehabilitated, despite reminders to the government by the court. The decorated Victoria carriages, with the rhythmic trots of the horses that pull them, were a familiar sight on the roads of South Mumbai for the last few centuries. In June 2015, the high court directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to put a complete stop on them within a year, while holding that they violated rules under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The court also directed the state government to work out a policy to rehabilitate the carriage owners and coachmen affected by the ban and also the horses. The order was given on a PIL by city-based NGO Animals and Birds Charitable Trust, contending that the joyride caused cruelty to horses. About a month back, the high court slammed the government over the slow pace of rehabilitation of the affected people and directed it to speed up its efforts. The government then sought some more time to frame the rehabilitation policy. It said the committee set up for the purpose had so far identified 221 people as affected by the ban. Taking a generous approach, the high court last week said the government could consider framing a new policy or rules to permit plying of horse carriages for joyrides with proper care of the horses. “We are taking a slight departure from the high court’s judgement. You (government and city civic body) need not stop it (horse carriages) altogether. It can be still used as joyrides for entertainment purposes and for tourist attraction,” the court said. “But then the authorities will have to carry out regular inspection to see that the horses are taken care of, are well fed and given adequate rest,” the HC said. With no other way to make both the ends meet, some of the coachmen still take the Victoria carriages out for ride, taking the risk of running into law-enforcers. As per the information obtained by animal rights NGO PETA from the office of Mumbai’s joint commissioner of police (traffic), the licences issued for the 130 horse-drawn carriages in 2011 and 2012 had expired by 2013. “Not only the plying of the Victoria buggies runs the risk of contempt of court but it also involves violation of The Bombay Public Conveyances Act, 1920, and the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, besides endangering the health and safety of horses and the general public,” PETA India’s director of veterinary affairs Dr Manilal Valliyat said. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt may consider allowing Victoria horse carriages: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today said the Maharashtra government could consider framing a new policy or rules permitting plying of Victoria horse carriages, which have been banned in the city, provided the law against animal cruelty is strictly adhered to. In June 2015, the HC had directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to put a complete stop to carriages driven by horses famously known as ‘Victoria’ carriages as they are “illegal and violative of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act”. The court had then directed the state government to frame a comprehensive policy to rehabilitate the persons (carriage owners and drivers) who would be affected by the ban and also the horses. The direction was given on a PIL filed by city-based NGO ‘Animals and Birds Charitable Trust’ alleging cruelty to horses used for joyrides. A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and A S Gadkari today, however, said if the government was willing it could consider framing a new policy or rules permitting the Victoria horse carriages to ply but with certain conditions. “We are taking a slight departure from the high court’s judgement. You (government and BMC) need not stop it (horse carriages) altogether. It can be still used as joyrides for entertainment purposes and for tourist attraction. “But then the authorities will have to carry out regular inspection to see that the horses are taken care of, are well fed and given adequate rest,” Justice Kanade said. “Such an arrangement will be good for the horse carriage owners and horse riders too. Some balance can be created. Separate policy or rules can be framed permitting them to be used for joyrides provided the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act are followed,” the court said. The bench was today informed by the Maharashtra government that its policy for rehabilitation of 221 families (91 carriage owners and 130 riders) was ready and would be placed before the Cabinet soon. “The government can also consider giving these persons auto and taxi permits,” the court said posting the matter for further hearing on May 2.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4th race: The Royal Calcutta Turf Club Cup, 1400 M.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Artist Parade (Dr.M.A.M.Ramaswamy Chettiar of Chettinad Charitable Trust) 54.5 P.S.Chouhan, First. Young Darling 54.5 P.Trevor, Second. I Am The Boss 56 PM.Bopanna, Third. Simran 54.5 S.S.Azad, Fourth. All Ran Won by : 9 L, 3-1/2 L, 2-1/4 L Time: 1 min 27.64 secs. Tote: Rs.9 for win, Rs.5, Rs.5 and Rs.5 for places Winner trained by: Govindarajan Favourite : Artist Parade SHP : Rs.9 Quinella: Rs.7 Forecast: Rs.17 Tanala : Rs.50 on 34 tickets MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC comes down on Srirangam temple official

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madras High Court today came down on a senior HR and CE official in the famous Lord Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam for certain remarks he made in a reply to a complaint and said he has a huge attitude problem and was practically unfit to hold the post. “We are of the view that clearly the officer has some misgivings about the authority he holds, and he has a huge attitude problem, making him practically unfit to the post he is holding,” first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar observed. The bench made the remarks after perusing written replies of the Joint Commissioner/Executive Officer of the temple during the hearing of a petition by one Rangarajan Narasimhan seeking a direction to the authorities to remove barricades in the second ‘prakara’ of the shrine. In one of the letters, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) official has warned the petitioner that he will take civil and criminal action against him for making ‘unnecessary complaints’ and also said he was assuming himself as an high court judge. Referring to the official’s poser, the bench in its order said He alleges that the petitioner is like a high court Judge. What does it mean? He takes a stand that he is the competent authority to decide the religious and administrative activities in the temple, which is not so, as the religious activities can’t be kept to the executive officer.” Stating that the words used by him were condemnable, the Chief Justice questioned the counsel for the Tamil Nadu government “whether you are going to change (him) or can we.” The bench directed the authorities to file an affidavit on this and posted the matter for further hearing to Feb 13. It also asked them to look into the issue raised by the petitioner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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