Chennai, July 8: Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Board to consider the request of old aged pilgrims to help them visit holy places within the state.
The First Bench comprising Chief Justice A K Ganguly and Mr Justice F M Ibrahim Kallifulla, disposing a petition filed by retired Central Government employee V N Viswanathan of Chennai, made it clear that the HR and CE Commissioner should consider the request of the aged persons within six months.
In his petition, Mr Viswanathan sought a direction to the HR and CE Commissioner and General Manager of Southern Railways to arrange for pilgrimage of the poor and aged Hindu devotees to fulfil their lifetime duty as Hindus to go on a pilgrimage to holy Kasi Viswanathar temple on the banks of River Ganga and Holy Rameswaram temple.
''Like the Wakf Board helped the Muslim Haj pligrims, the HR and CE should help the aged Hindus to visit holy places in the country,'' Mr Viswanathan submitted.
The counsel appearing for HR and CE said as far as the pilgrimage centres within the state were concerned, the petitioner may make a representation to the HR and CE Commissioner for making some arrangement for Hindu devotees to visit those places. But in the case of places situated outside the state, the board could not render such an assistance, the counsel noted.
''We are of the view that the stand taken by the counsel for the HR and CE is reasonable. We are giving liberty to the petitioner to make a fresh representation along with the copy of this order,'' the bench observed. (UNI)