Idol thefts case: TN issues GO for CBI takeover

By NT Bureau Published on Aug 02, 2018 03:06 PM IST

Chennai: A day after the Tamilnadu government informed the Madras High Court that it had taken a policy decision to hand over all idol theft cases to the CBI, a government order (GO) in this regard was issued today.

As per the order, the central agency will now probe the sensational case, instead of the State police’s idol wing.

On Wednesday, Additional Advocate General P H Arvind Pandiyan made the submission before the Special Bench comprising Justices R Mahadevan and P D Audikesavulu after a public interest litigation was filed by Rangarajan

Narasimhan about the theft of doors and idols at Srirangam’s Sri Ranganathar Temple.

The government took the decision to hand over all the cases to the CBI as the idol wing, headed by IG Pon Manickavel, is not performing satisfactorily, Pandiyan said, adding that the wing had not filed even a single report on the progress of cases in the past one year.