C Manickam, retired principal district judge, was appointed chairman of the committee, which comprises Madurai Collector, Commissioner of Police, Madurai City and Commissioner of Madurai Corporation as members. Besides, a 16-member advisory committee was formed to assist the organising committee.
A bunch of petitions filed by locals of Avaniyapuram came up for hearing before a Division Bench of Justices M Duraiswamy and T Ravindran on Monday.
The petitioners sought the intervention of the court to direct respondents to reconstitute jallikattu vizha committee at village level comprising representatives from all communities at Avaniyapuram. There’s a difference of opinion among local communities over the conduct of jallikattu. To reach consensus, Madurai Collector TG Vinay conducted a peace committee meeting to ensure smooth conduct of jallikattu at Avaniyapuram based on suggestions and objections from various parties. As discontent over this mounted, some of them moved the court to quash proceedings of the Collector dated January 3, 2020 and direct him to permit the village people of Avaniyapuram through village committee to conduct jallikattu and sought to reconstitute the Avaniyapuram jallikattu festival committee.
After constituting the committees, the bench issued several directions to the organising committee, prominent among it is opening of bank account to record the donations being received for it. Further, the bench said that the organising committee must ensure that stage is not occupied by members of the advisory committee or others on any account. The role of advisory committee is only to assist the organising committee and they have no independent right to conduct the event.
The Madurai Collector was directed to pay Rs.1.50 lakh towards remuneration to the chairman of the organising committee within a week for the conduct of jallikattu. Moreover, Collector, Commissioner of Police and organising committee should file individual reports after the event before the Registry of the court, the bench ordered.
The bench also formed an organising committee with Justice Manickam as chairman, Madurai Collector, Inspector General of Police, South Zone, Madurai and Assistant Director of Town Panchayats, Alanganallur Town Panchayat as members. Besides, advisory committee comprising 35 members was also constituted.
The same organising committee will oversee the conduct of jallikattu in Palamedu and Alanganallur on January 16 and 17 respectively.