TN government free to decide on opening temple for Vijayadasami: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted the Tamil Nadu government the freedom to decide to keep the temples open Friday on which Vijayadasami falls.

State shrines are closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to the covid pandemic situation.

The recess of Judges R Mahadevan and Abdul Quddhose said this when a PIL petition praying for the government to ask the government to keep the state temples open on the auspicious day of Vijayadasami was presented today.

“We leave it to the government to decide,” said the judges.

Earlier, Advocate General R Shanmugasundaram told the judiciary that Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, Deputy Stalin, called a meeting with experts on October 13 to consider the possibility of lifting the restriction on temple closures. during the weekend.

He also added that the restriction was imposed following a communication from Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in September, who advised the state government to impose the restrictions strictly in view of the increase in new cases of covid-19. The letter also pointed out that in the coming months, several festivals are to come. This is a critical period, when Covid-19 protocols must be strictly observed, the letter said.