Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench here has directed the administration of the famous Thanumalayan Swamy temple in Suchindran in Kanyakumari district to submit details of shops given on lease.

Admitting a petition filed by a local resident S Ramesh, Justices V Ramasubramanian and V M Velumani directed that details be submitted by March 12.

The petitioner contended that many individuals had put up shops in the temple by encroaching on vacant sites, force devotees to buy flowers and other pooja articles and also pick up quarrel with devotees who refuse to purchase them and beat some people.

He had sent a representation to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department on November 6 2013, to evict the encroachers, but had not received a positive reply and hence the petition.

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