Chennai, Aug 10: Venu Srinivasan, chairman of TVS Motors Company who is also connected with the Srirangam Sri Ranganathan temple and the Sri Kapeleswari Temple in Mylapore Chennai, has filed an anticipatory bail application in the Madras High, apprehending arrest by the Idol Wing of the Tamil Nadu.
In his petition filed before a special bench of Justice R Mahadevn and P D Audikesavalu, Srinivasan said an FIR had been registered against him by the Mylapore police in connection with an idol theft in Mylapore temple and it had been transferred to the Idol Wing of the State police
He said he had been included as a respondent in a petition filed by advocate Elephant”Rajendran challenging the transfer of the idol theft cases to the CBI and that the Mylapore police had registered an FIR in connection with the idol thefts in Kapeleeswarar temple which had since been transferred to the Idol Wing headed by Inspector-General of Police Pon Manickevel.
He said as chairman of the board of trustees of the Srirangam temple, he had spent Rs 25 crore from his pocket on the consecration of the temple. He also spent Rs 70 lakhs on Mylapore temple.
Srinivasan said a private trust funded by him and by his company had undertaken renovation of 100 temples in Tamil Nadu. Kerala and Karnataka.
He said he had filed a petition for advance as he had reasonable apprehension of arrest following an FIR registered against him by the Idol Wing .
The case is likely to come up for hearing shortly.
The bench has already stayed a GO issued by the State Government to transfer all idol thefts to the CBI.
The Government on Thursday sought one week time to file a counter to a petition filed by Rajendran challenging the transfer of the CBI and the bench adjourned the hearing to Aug 16.
The GO was issued after Pon Manickevel arrested Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department’s additional commissioner M Kavitha on Aug 5 on charge of misappropriation of gold and funds collected for making two idols at Sri Ekambareswarar temple in Kancheepuram.