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Can't interfere with religious beliefs: HC on plea against TN govt circular on yagna for good rains

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking it to quash a government circular asking officials to perform 'yagna' for good seasonal rains, observing it cannot interfere with religious beliefs.

V Anbazhagan, who said he is the of a web magazine, had filed the plea against the circular issued in April by the commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, a government department which manages the temple administration in

In the plea, he said promoting yagna for rain without saving rain water, growing trees and removing encroachments on waterways, the was causing financial loss to the general public and religious institutions.

"The circular is without jurisdiction," he said, adding it is creating a situation whereby the rituals prescribed by the authority will spread irrational thinking.

The petitioner said the government can only indulge in secular activities and not profess to enforce the beliefs of a particular religion. He said it was against the Constitution of

But the court said it cannot interfere with any religious beliefs or hopes.

"Whether pooja or other things performed are successful or failure, this court cannot destroy such belief or hope of the religions," a vacation division bench of justices C V and said, and dismissed the plea.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 20:26 IST