Endowment and Police Departments lock horns

The conflicting claims by Endowment and Police Departments over the piece of vacant land situated in front of the east Gopuram of Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple here has become a full-blown controversy with both the parties taking to legal recourse.

It was more than a year ago that the Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan had suggested to the then Superintendent of Police (urban) S. Syam Sundar to hand over the land asked by the temple management in exchange for an alternative land offered by it but things have since worsened.

Status quo

The High Court has recently ordered that status quo should be maintained in the wake of attempts by the Police Department to construct DSP office on the controversial land.

The plot measuring nearly 20 cents started to be prepared for construction of DSP office, which prompted temple authorities and priests to approach court just when ground work for laying foundations began a few weeks ago.

A function hall was proposed to be constructed on the land for conducting cultural and spiritual programmes during festivals and other special occasions and it is the purpose for which the temple authorities wanted the land.

The Endowments Department had offered an alternative plot a little far from the town with the Commissioner (Endowments)’s approval but it did not find favour with the Police Department. The matter had even gone to the notice of the Director General of Police.

A formal request in this regard has been made to Governor during his visits and he instructed the officials concerned to take the necessary steps but the Police Department has not yet given up its claim over the land saying that it is more costly than the one offered by the temple.

The issue is now mired in litigation and the temple authorities are insisting that the land asked by it for public cause should not be looked at in terms of commercial value.

  • Governor during his visits instructed officials concerned to take necessary steps

  • Police Department has not yet given up its claim