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Swamy oppose take over of Nataraja temple by Govt.

Swamy oppose take over of Nataraja temple by Govt.

Author: PTI
Publication: The Hindu
Date: February 14, 2009
URL: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200902141251.htm

Opposing the takeover of the administration of the famous Nataraja temple in Chidambaram in Cuddalore district from Dikshitar community by the state government, Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy has said that he would implead himself in an appeal proposed by the Dikshitars challenging a single bench Judge's order paving the way for the government take over.

Swamy told PTI that Dikshitar community has proposed to file an appeal in the High Court on next Monday challenging the Justice P Bhanumathi's order on February 8.

Swamy contended that the judgement of the High Court was deficient and pointed out that a 1952 ruling by the court had held that it is a 'denominational' temple. This was not challenged further."Hence the single Judge verdict is hit by the doctrine of Res Judicata. The court has not property apprceciated the case," he said.

The court, in its order, rejected the plea of the Dikshitar community that the 1,500 year old temple was a private one and they had 'untrammeled rights'. it also upheld the appointment of an executive officer to administer the temple. Swamy said he was competent to file the petition as he had been a former law minister and handled a number of questions relating to temples and in protection of it before various forums.

Swamy said "a petition is pending before the Parliament petition committee,regarding temple affairs in Andhra Pradesh. I have got vast knowledge of this and have to free temples from the clutches of the government."

He pointed out that there is a fundamental difference between temples and masjids and churches. In temples, after 'Pranaprathishta' is done, the place becomes that of God, while it is not so in the others.

Stating that the charges levelled against Dikshitars have not been proved, he pointed out that there are many temples under the control of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department, against which there are allegations.

"The government should concentrate on maintaining law and order and developing the economy. Instead they are trying to manage the temple," he said.

Swamy was here to attend a function at the Ramanujam centre in Sastra University.

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