The Madras Excessive Court docket held a particular sitting on Friday to listen to a writ petition filed towards Cuddalore district administration’s determination to stop non-residents of Chidambaram city from collaborating within the Natarajar Temple’s ongoing Margazhi Arudhara Darshan competition.
A Bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and Anita Sumanth presided over a digital listening to of the case contemplating the urgency concerned within the problem and directed State Authorities Pleader V. Jayaprakash Narayanan to get obligatory directions from the Collector by Sunday.
The petition was filed by G. Vishnudass, 24, a devotee of Lord Shiva from Kancheepuram district. The petitioner had challenged a press launch issued by the District Administration on December 21 stating that solely locals could be allowed to take part within the competition.
The discharge said that the annual competition could be carried out this yr between December 21 and 31. It additional stated that solely 100 devotees could be allowed to take part within the golden automotive procession to be taken out on December 28.
Just one,000 devotees could be allowed for the principle Nataraja Murthy procession on December 29. Equally, solely 200 to 400 devotees could be allowed for a number of different processions to be taken out as a part of the competition, the communique learn.
It additionally made it clear that devotees from different locations wouldn’t be permitted to enter the Chidambaram city and instructed the wedding halls, conference centres, lodges and accommodations to keep away from accommodating outsiders who come to witness the competition.
After perusing the press launch, the judges needed to understand how such restrictions may very well be imposed and on what foundation the District Administration would establish the devotees who could be allowed to take part in numerous occasions related to the competition.