The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday came down heavily upon the Executive Officer of Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple here for not filing a report sought by the court on February 11 explaining the feasibility of restoring its teppakulam (tank) to its original condition.

A Division Bench comprising Justice R. Sudhakar and Justice V.M. Velumani expressed its displeasure over the Executive Officer-cum-Assistant Commissioner of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department having failed to file the report on Wednesday as per court orders.

Not satisfied with oral submissions made by the temple’s counsel, the judges ordered that the officer should be present in court within an hour’s time. Later, when the officer rushed to the court, the judges adjourned the case till February 26, and directed her to file the report on that day.

Mr.Justice Sudhakar said that it was unfortunate that the temple authorities were not showing any interest in restoring the teppakulam. “This is exactly why the HR and CE Department has lost its glory and reputation over the years,” the judge told the counsel.

During the last hearing, the court had asked the temple management to find out the feasibility of restoring its teppakulam by adopting the methodology followed by the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple management for restoring the Golden Lotus water tank within its precincts.

However, on Wednesday, the Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple counsel said that it might cost around Rs.80 lakh to restore its teppakulam. Shocked over the estimate, the judge said that the authorities ought not to have made such a statement without ascertaining the cost incurred by Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple management.

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