The Madras High Court has granted an interim stay of a single Judge’s order setting aside a show-cause notice of the HR and CE Department asking the Nityananda Dhyanapeetam, Tiruvannamalai, as to why it should not be brought under the control of the department.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M. Venugopal passed the interim order on an appeal filed by the Commissioner, HR and CE, challenging the single Judge’s order of January 30.

The appellant submitted that the single Judge had failed to note that even according to the averments of the Dhyanapeetam, there were idols and deities of Hindu religion alone. A Buddha statue had been brought by the trust only after receipt of the department’s notice. The Judge also failed to note that as per photographs enclosed by the department, poojas and rituals were being conducted in the institution only as per customs and usages of Hinduism by a paid priest.

Interim order passed on appeal by HR and CE Commissioner

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