The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Additional Commissioner N Thirumagal has moved the Madras High Court, seeking to quash the FIR registered against her in connection with swapping a peacock idol in Kapaleeshwarar temple in Mylapore.
Moreover, the way the FIR has been publicised is without any legal basis, primarily with an intention to invite public attraction towards the investigating officer and the complainant who is a busy person.
Also, noting that the FIR is based on vague allegations and conjunctures, the plea further submitted that there is no record of any antique peacock idol at Kapaleeshwarar temple with HR&CE department. While so, the de facto complainant without any basis other than admittedly hearsay information, had claimed that an antique peacock idol was swapped, the plea said.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Idol Wing, Special Camp Office, Trichy, has filed the FIR and proceeded against her without any preliminary investigation, abusing police powers and prejudiced her right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, she said in the petition, seeking the court to stay all further investigation pending disposal of her petition.
The plea at the high court comes close on the heels of her conditional bail granted last December being cancelled by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court, Kumbakonam. The prosecution had contended that she had violated her bail conditions. She was arrested in December 2018 by the Idol Wing Police for her alleged involvement in swapping of the peacock idol during the consecration at the temple in 2004, when she had served as its Executive Officer. She was granted bail based on a Supreme Court direction.