HC expresses ‘displeasure’ over Tamil Nadu’s handling of idol theft cases

The Madras high court on Thursday censured the state for passing a government order (GO) transferring all the pending and future idol theft cases to CBI without completing the necessary preliminary work and without forwarding the appropriate documents to the Centre.
“We would definitely record our displeasure over the manner in which the state functions,” a division bench of Justice R Mahadevan and Justice P D Audikesavalu said.

The bench made the observation when additional solicitor general G Rajagopal submitted that the Centre was not in a position to consider the proposal of the Tamil Nadu government since no material regarding the cases was given to the central government.

Appalled over the submission, the bench wondered how the state could pass such a GO without making available documents of the cases to the Centre. Pointing out the delayed government order passed by the state suspending Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department joint commissioner Kavitha, who was recently arrested and later released on bail by the idol wing police, the bench said, “The state can assemble all the IAS officials within 24hours to pass the GO transferring cases to CBI but it took three months for the same government to pass the suspension order?”....Read more

Source web page: Times of India




When the bench asked the CBI about its stand, counsel for the agency reiterated that the CBI cannot accept the proposal in view of severe staff shortage.

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