RTI Applies to Hindu Temple Alone!

published on July 2, 2012

The Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department (HR&CE) issued a circular to appoint a public information officer for temples administered by trustees. Hereditary trustee of Sri Vengeeswarar Alagarperumal and Nagathamman Koil Devasthanam in Vadapalani filed a writ petition questioning the legality of the circular. Dismissing the writ petition, Justice Chandru said that the temple is a public institution and its activities are covered by the provisions of Right to Information (RTI) Act even if it is administered by hereditary trustees. Hindus feel that the administration of temples need to be governed by a group of eminent Hindus only and not by HR&CE Department. Hindus say is it not an injustice rendered to them?

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