Alleging that as many as 41 case diaries on theft of temple idols and artefact jewels were missing from police station, an activist lawyer has moved the Madras High Court seeking to appoint a team headed by a retired police officer under court monitoring.
The bench also directed the Home Secretary, Director General of Police and the Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department, to file their replies by then.
The petitioner, Advocate ‘Elephant’ G Rajendran, had submitted that 41 cases relating to theft of temple idols, misappropriation of temple jewels and properties have been closed on the basis that the case files had gone missing.
Alleging that whole episode of closing the cases has been stage managed to enable the culprits to go scot free, the petitioner said case dairy files were valuable properties of the police stations. He added that such thefts were happening at the police stations by insiders, which he said was at the behest of senior police officers.