The Madras High Court observed that around 47000 acres of temple land missing in the Tamil Nadu Government's records since the policy note for 1984-85 states that there were 5.25 lakh acres whereas the note for 2019-20 refers to availability of only 4.78 lakh acres. The High Court asked the Government to give an explanation.
Justices N. Kirubakaran and T.V. Thamilselvi directed Government Counsel Richard Wilson to take notice on behalf of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and also asked to file a counter affidavit by July 5. The judges said, it prima facie appears that the 47,000 acres were missing when compared to the figures provided in the two policy notes.
The interim orders were passed on a writ petition which insisted on retrieving the missing lands and restore their possession to the temples to which they belong so the income derived from them could be used for maintaining the institutions besides performing prayers and rituals, The Hindu reported.