Chennai: Observing that the country is mounting with self proclaimed godmen like Nithyananda, who claim to be spiritual gurus initially and later proclaim themselves to be god and in the process end up amassing wealth and abusing innocent and vulnerable children and women, the Madras high court has said Nithyananda should not enter into the Madurai Adheenam Mutt or any temple under the mutt either as a Junior Pontiff or 293rd Pontiff.
Allowing a petition from M. Jagatjhalapradapan, an ardent saivite and devout disciple of the mutt, Justice R. Mahadevan directed the Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment department to ensure that Nithyananda is not permitted to enter into the Madurai Adheenam mutt for whatsoever reasons, pending disposal of the civil suits and for that purpose, direct that appropriate action be taken and if necessary, seek police action.
In case of any difficulty in performing the daily pooja or administration of the mut, due to the ill-health of the Sri-La-Sri Arunagirinatha Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, in the absence of Sri-La-Sri Kumarasundara Sri Gnanasambanda desika Paramacharya Swamigal (Junior Pontiff), shall instruct the appropriate Assistant Commissioner to take such action as necessary under section 60 of the HR and CE Act, to protect the interest of the mutt, the judge added.
The judge further directed the Commissioner of HR & CE department to collect the schemes and procedures of various mutts in the state in the appointment of successors and the properties vested with them, within 8 weeks and submit the same before this court.
The Commissioner of HR & CE shall take steps to nullify any similar trust deeds executed by any madathipathis as in this case whereby, under the guise of trust, the administration of the entire properties of the trust are vested with third parties by subverting the provisions of the HR & CE Act.
“In cases, where any spiritual head acts in such a way to bring disrepute to the math-or ashram, which he is heading, appropriate action shall be initiated under section 53 and 59 of the HR & CE Act as the case may be”, the judge added and posted the matter after 8 weeks for reporting compliance....