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HC dismisses plea to restrain entry of Kallazhagar into district court

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The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition that sought to restrain the entry of Lord Kallazhagar into the district court campus here as part of Chithirai festival.

A Division Bench of Justices M. Duraiswamy and Anita Sumanth, while dismissing the petition, imposed a cost of ₹25,000 for filing a frivolous petition. The court took cognisance of the fact that the deity would be brought only up to the place of ‘mandakapadi’ near the entrance.

The petitioner A. Muruganantham of Madurai claimed that the entry would mean domination of one particular religion over the others. The district court had advocates from across religions maintaining a cordial relationship.

If permission for a religious function was allowed inside the court campus, it would amount to discrimination, he said. He sought to restrain the conduct of any such religious function on the district court campus.

Senior counsel Veera Kathiravan, representing the Madurai Bar Association, told the court that the festival was part of the culture of the city.

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Printable version | Jan 28, 2020 7:48:36 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/petition-dismissed/article23701644.ece

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