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Idol theft case: Police give undertaking to HC not to arrest

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Police's Idol Wing today gave an undertaking to the that it would not arrest TVS Motor Company's Srinivasan, for a period of six weeks in connection with an idol theft case.

The matter came up for hearing before a Division Bench, comprising Justices R Mahadevan and P D Audikesavulu, constituted to hear cases regarding idol theft.

Before B Kumar could to start his arguments on behalf of Srinivasan, personnel of the Idol Wing's Special Investigation Team, who were in the court, gave the undertaking.

After recording the undertaking, the bench posted the matter for hearing after six weeks.

Srinivasan had moved the court yesterday seeking anticipatory bail in connection with an idol theft case.

In his bail application, Srinivasan cited a writ plea filed by 'Elephant' G Rajendran which refers to the FIR against him.

The TVS Motor said he understood that an FIR was registered by the and it was later transferred to the CB-CID Idol Wing.

The FIR against the industrialist relates to alleged replacement of an antique peacock idol with a new one at the here and it was registered following a complaint from a devotee, Rangarajan Narasimhan.

Asserting that he was innocent, Srinivasan submitted before the court that he had spent around Rs 70 lakh in 2004 from his personal fund for painting and flooring work at Sri Kapaleeswarar temple.

Though he was appointed a member of the government-constituted that year, officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department oversaw the renovation work, he said.

Srinivasan claimed that beyond this, he has no other connection with the temple except that he is also a devotee of Lord

He claimed that as the of the board of trustees of at Tiruchirappalli, he spent nearly Rs 25 crore for its renovation in 2015.

A trust funded by him and his company had undertaken renovation work of over 100 temples in Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, Srinivasan submitted.

In view of the serious allegations and the FIR against him, Srinivasan said he sought anticipatory bail.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 16:40 IST