The Madras High Court bench here on Tuesday directed the Madurai Corporation Commissioner to submit a report on the probe carried out into the missing of emerald lingam (phallic object symbolising Lord Shiva) on October 28.
Justice T. Raja issued the direction while hearing the case of S. Muthukumar, an advocate, who filed a petition claiming that the antique emerald lingam had gone missing from the Madurai Corporation’s treasury.
He had claimed that the lingam was shifted from Kunnathur Chathram near Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple to the Corporation’s treasury during the renovation of the chathram in 2009. On the directions of the court, the Madurai Corporation had constituted a six-member committee which is probing the existence and whereabouts of the emerald lingam.
Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of the Hindu Religions and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Department C. Muthuthiagarajan submitted a report in the court stating that there were no records with the department on the presence of the emerald lingam in Kunnathur Chathram.
He stated in his report that the presence of the emerald lingam could be confirmed only from the records of the Madurai Municipal Council, as the revenue board of the then Madras State had transferred the chathram to the Madurai Municipal Council in 1872.
The records of endowments in the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple also did not have any mention of the emerald lingam, the joint commissioner claimed.
Joint Commissioner of the Hindu Religions and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) submitted a report in the court stating that there were no records with the department on the presence of the emerald lingam in Kunnathur Chathram