Idol theft cases: HC issues strict warning to TN govt

Idol theft cases: HC issues strict warning to TN govt

The Madras High Court has warned the state government that it would order a CBI probe into pending idol theft cases, if the authorities fail to cooperate and provide proper infrastructure to the court appointed idol wing police.
Justice R Mahadevan made the above observations orally while pulling up the officials of the Hindu religious and charitable endowment department for not complying with the directions of the court to provide the necessary infrastructure to the idol wing.
The judge said he would issue the summons for the appearance of the chief secretary and the commissioner of HR & CE if the directions of the court are not complied within two weeks.
The court then posted the pleas to January 24 for further hearing. It had earlier ordered transfer of all pending idol theft cases to a court in Kumbakonam for speedy disposal. The high court had also overruled the transfer of Manickavel out of the idol wing police and directed the officer to head it again.
This is not the first time for the state government to come under severe criticism from the court over the same issue.
In October last year, slamming the state director general of police (DGP) for testing the court’s patience in the idol smuggling case by not complying with its directions, the Madurai bench of Madras high court said it would not allow authorities to remain silent.