TRICHY: The Hindu religious & charitable endowments (HR&CE) department on Monday evicted three shops from the century-old stone halls at Arulmigu Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam.
The eviction was carried out based on an order issued by the Madras high court. The temple space in two stone halls had been occupied by the three shops for more than 40 years.
During an audit, it was identified that the shops posed a threat to the safety of the structure. However, the eviction notice was challenged by the shopkeepers in the high court in 2018 and was under litigation since then.
In an order dated April 29, 2021, the court directed the shopkeepers to vacate before May 30, 2021.
“Since the appellants failed to remove their belongings on their own within the deadline, we evicted the properties. HR&CE shall recover the cost of eviction from the shopkeepers,” said S Marimuthu, joint commissioner, Srirangam temple.

Source link Times of India


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