Chennai: Controversial godman Nithyananda does not have any legal entitlement to function as the head of Madurai Adheenam for the present, the HR&CE has said in its reply to a query from advocate R Krishnamurthy. Nithyananda could do so only if the office of the trustee of the Adheenam fell vacant, the reply added.
On April 27 this year, Arunagirinathar, chief of the Adheenam, had announced that ‘‘Nithyananda would be competent to function as my lawful successor to deal with all movable and immovable properties of the Adheenam and as successor, he would have absolute right over the properties and function as was being discharged by us.’’
By a letter dated May 17 this year, advocate Krishnamurthy had urged HR&CE to take over the Madurai Adheenam and take legal steps under Section 63 of the Court of Wards Act.In his reply dated August 22 last, the Additional Commissioner (General) of the HR&CE informed the advocte that there was no provision in the HR&CE Act, except Section 59 for removal of trusee of a math.
Nithyananda does not have any legal entitlement to function as the head of Madurai Adheenam, says HR&CE.
Under Sec 60 of the Act, arrangements could be made by the Assistant Commissioner whenever vacancies occurred in the office of the trustee and there was dispute regarding the right of succession to such office, or when such vacancies could not be filled up immediately. Sec 63 of the TN Court of Wards Act said that it was the court to decide on the issue.