Pulling up officials for delay in removal of encroachments around the Dhandayudhapani Swamy temple at Palani, Madras high court on Thursday directed the Dindigul district collector and Palani municipal commissioner to appear before the court.

Palani encroachments: HC summons Dindigul collector
TNN | Sep 4, 2020, 04:15 IST
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Madurai: Pulling up officials for delay in removal of encroachments around the Dhandayudhapani Swamy temple at Palani, Madras high court on Thursday directed the Dindigul district collector and Palani municipal commissioner to appear before the court.
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The court was hearing a batch of petitions with regard to expansion of Railway Feeder Road at Palani and seeking removal of encroachments around the temple.
A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam observed that though an advocate commissioner appointed by the court had submitted a detailed report on the encroachments, no worthwhile progress had taken place.

Lakhs of devotees visit Palani town to pray at the temple, but non-removal of encroachments has been a menace for them. It is high time the officials woke up from deep slumber and took immediate steps to remove the encroachments. The judges asked the collector and municipal commissioner to appear through video conferencing to render assistance to the court and submit a detailed status report in this regard. The case was adjourned to September 15 for further hearing.tnn
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