Mandamus issued to the authorities to appoint an archagar to Arulmigu Kaliamman Temple at Tiruvannamalai. WP allowed and posted on 22-01-2021 for Reporting Compliance. Superb order by Hon”ble Justice Dr. Anita Sumanth J

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[1/5, 17:08] Sekarreporter1: W.P. No.9421 of 2020
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE AT MADRAS
DATED: 27.11.2020
CORAM
THE HONOURABLE DR. JUSTICE ANITA SUMANTH
W.P.No.9421 of 2020
C.M.Sivababu .. Petitioner
Vs
1.The Commissioner,
Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Department,
No.119, Uttamar Gandhi Salai,
Nungambakkam
2.The Joint Commissioner
Religious and Charitable Endowment Department
Collector Office Road,
Villupuram-605 602
3.The Assistant Commissioner,
Religious and Charitable Endowment Department
Tiruvoodal Street
Tiruvannamalai-606 601
4.The Executive Officer,
Religious and Charitable Endowment Department
Kamatchi Amman Koil Compound
Kamatchi Amman Koil Street,
Tiruvannamalai, 606 601
5.K.Rajendran …Respondents
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Prayer: Writ Petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution of India praying to
Writ of Mandamus directing the respondents 1 to 4 to appoint a competent person as
the Archagar (Priest) of Arulmigu Sri Kaliamman Thirukovil at Chengam Road,
Girivalapathai, Tiruvannamalai and to forbear the 5
th respondent from performing
any poojas at the said temple and further for a direction, directing the respondent
authorities herein to pass orders on the petitioners’ representation dated 17.02.2020
in accordance with law.
For Petitioner : Mr.J.Ashok
For Respondents : Mr.R.Venkatesh
Government Advocate for R1 to R4
Mr.K.Narayanan for R5
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O R D E R
The petitioner seeks a mandamus directing respondents 1 to 4/official
respondents HR&CE Department and Executive Officer (R1 to R4) to appoint a
competent person as Archakar of the Arulmigu Sri Kaliamman Thirukovil at
Chengam Road, Girivalapathai, Tiruvannamalai Temple (Temple) and also to
forbear the 5
th respondent from performing poojas in the temple. He also seeks a
direction for disposal of his representation dated 17.02.2020 in accordance with law.
2. The petitioner claims to be a devotee in the aforesaid temple. The prime
allegation is against R5, stated to be an employee of the Public Works Department,
Thiruvannamalai, who was additionally rendering duties as an Archakar in the
temple in question. Allegations are made to the effect that he was not competent to
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