Justice G R Swaminathan said the authorities want the court to sustain the demand notices by referring to Rule 14 of the Tamil Nadu Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules 2011. The judge observed that only if the elephant could not be maintained by the person concerned and

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Kaushik Kannan | Oct 27, 2020, 04:34 IST
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Madurai: The Madras high court has quashed demand notices which sought maintenance cost from the custodian of an elephant, which was seized by the forest department.
The court was hearing a petition filed by L Indira, a resident of Madurai. Indira’s husband was employed as mahout in Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple at Madurai and the petitioner was having a captive elephant. The elephant was seized from the petitioner as it was used for begging and subjected to ill-treatment, and is now maintained by the Trichy district forest officer. The petitioner was served with two demand notices wherein she was asked to pay Rs 9,21,678 and Rs 63,265 respectively for maintenance of the elephant.
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Justice G R Swaminathan said the authorities want the court to sustain the demand notices by referring to Rule 14 of the Tamil Nadu Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules 2011. The judge observed that only if the elephant could not be maintained by the person concerned and it is handed over to the forest department, then alone the cost of maintenance should be borne by the original custodian. In this case, the petitioner did not surrender possession of the elephant, but it was taken over by the department based on an earlier order of principal seat in 2019.
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Hence, the judge observed that Rule 14 will not have any application to the case on hand. The petitioner is not only deprived of the animal but has also been called upon to bear the cost of maintenance. Observing that nothing can be more unfair, the judge quashed the demand notices issued to the petitioner.
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MADURAI: The Madurai district police have solved the double murder case of Kunnathur panchayat president Krishnarajan and overhead tank operator Munusamy. The duo were murdered on October 11 night.
The Karuppayurani police, who had registered a case and conducted inquiries, initially suspected that former village panchayat president Thirupathi and village secretary Palpandi were behind the murders. Villagers too suspected their role. A section of them went on the rampage and attacked their houses.
However, detailed inquiries led to the arrest of K Senthil,40, who is the younger brother of former rowdy Varichur Selvam, and his friend P Balagugu, 46. Both of them are from Kunnathur village.
Police said Senthil had approached Krishnarajan before rural local body election held in December 2019 and sought his support to elect his wife, Malarvizhi, as a councillor from Kunnathur village. Krishnarajan had pledged his support. However, he helped the wife of Pandi of Kunnathur win the election.
While Senthil did not pick up any quarrel with the president, he decided to eliminate him. He maintained a friendship with him and was looking for a perfect opportunity. Often Krishnarajan would be surrounded by a few other friends.
On October 11 night, Senthil and Balagugu stabbed Krishnarajan to death. They murdered Munusamy as he was he witnessed the murder of Krishnarajan, according to the police.
The duo were remanded in judicial custody.
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