The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Satyanarayana, gave the order when a PIL filed by one Rangarajan Narasimhan, seeking stay of demolition of the temples proposed by Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department came up before it.
It took a serious view of demolition of a more than a 400-year-old-temple and, after hearing Narasimhan and Additional Advocate General P H Arvind Pandian, said 'we have thus no hesitation in stating that the works of demolition of any of the temples be stayed till we examine the whole aspect'.
The petitioner alleged that three of four ancient temples of Namakkal, Tiruppur and Erode Districts were demolished on a report filed by HR&CE appointed conservationist K T Narasimhan.
The reasons cited varied from traffic hindrance and recommendations of a witchcraft specialist from Kerala, to not conforming to 'Dravidian style' and to put an end to inauspicious incidents in a village, he said.

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