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Telangana HC urges State Government to respond to Chief Minister’s temple donations

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Monday gave the state government six weeks to respond to PILs filed in 2017 and 2018 challenging state treasury offers to the deities of Tirumala, Vijayawada and other temples.

Writer Kancha Ilaiah and activist Gundamala Ramulu filed a PIL jointly challenging GOs 22 and 23 issued by the Revenue Department in February 2015, which authorized funds to the State Chief Minister, K Chandrashekar Rao, for offer jewelry to various deities. Professor PL Vishweshwar Rao challenged these state bids in another PIL, making the Chief Minister a personal defendant.

The Claimants requested that the Secretary General issue orders to recover funds expended in accordance with the disputed GOs. They were referring to announcements by the Chief Minister regarding jewelry offerings at temples such as Bhadrakali, Veerabhadra Swamy, Venkateshwara Swamy in Tirumala, Padmavati Ammavaru in Tiruchanoor and Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada.

However, neither the state government nor Chandrashekar Rao filed any counterclaims.

The two PILs were heard on Monday by a divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Ujjal Bhuyan and Justice CV Bhaskar Reddy.

The court ruled that the government could not make such donations from the general fund. The bench urged General Counsel BS Prasad to advise his client against making chess bids. The case was adjourned to November 29.

recover funds spent in accordance with disputed GOs. They were referring to announcements by the Chief Minister regarding jewelry offerings at temples such as Bhadrakali, Veerabhadra Swamy, Venkateshwara Swamy in Tirumala, Padmavati Ammavaru in Tiruchanoor and Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada.