By L. Saravanan
MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday ordered notice to secretaries of home, forest and Hindu religious and charitable endowment departments on a public interest litigation (PIL) which sought a ban on keeping elephants at temples and private houses in Tamil Nadu.
The petition, filed by M Saravanan (39) of Villapuram in Madurai, has also sought the court's direction to the officials to send the elephants to the rehabilitation centre in Mudumalai or any other rehabilitation centre in the state.
The petitioner said the elephant is a scheduled animal under the Wild Life (Protection) Act and hence it should be protected. He said chaining, thereby torturing, the elephants at temples and private houses violated the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The petitioner said he sent representations to home, forest and Hindu religious and charitable endowment secretaries on July 14. As there was no action on their part, he filed the petition in the court.
When the matter came up for admission before the division bench of justices M Jaichandren and R Mahadevan on Wednesday, the bench ordered notice to the officials and adjourned the matter.