The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, while issuing notice to the Karanataka government directed the chief secretary to take all "preventive measure in the conduct of the programmes to be held in the early hours of Feb 14.

In this practice of Devadasis girls are being dedicated as devotees to the temple".

"We have also directed the chief secretary to ensure that no such incident of dedicating girls as devotees to temples takes place either on February 13th or February 14th.

"As counsel for a PIL, petitioner mentioned the matter before the court, the chief justice observed: "Such an important matter and you (petitioner's counsel) come at such belated stage?"

(Agencies)

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