The Principal Sub-Judge here has posted the case filed by the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) seeking the removal of the incumbent Madurai adheenam on Saturday for final orders.

Originally HR and CE Commissioner, P. Dhanapal, had filed a petition seeking removal of Arunagirinatha Gurugnanasambanda Desikar from being the head of Madurai adheenam for violating provisions of Tamil Nadu HR and CE Act.

According to the Commissioner, Mr. Arunagirinatha Desikar sold two properties belonging to the mutt at a lower cost in the year 1995. Besides, he formed a trust along with Nithyananda without obtaining approval from the HR and CE department, as mandated by Tamil Nadu HR and CE Act.

Therefore, Mr. Arunagirinatha Desikar should be removed from being Madurai adheenam and HR and CE department should be allowed to take charge of the mutt until appointment of a new head, it was prayed. Principal Sub-Judge K. Guruviyah, on Thursday heard the arguments of both the sides and posted the case for Saturday.

Meanwhile, the judge also adjourned to Saturday Arunagirinatha Desikar’s original suit to restrain Nithayananda and his followers from entering the 1500-year-old Saivaite mutt and to direct the sub-registrar of Madurai South to cancel the registration of the trust he formed in collaboration with Nithyananda.

The case was adjourned after HR and CE department’s counsel sought for time to file counter affidavit. Nithyananda had also impleaded himself in the case

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