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Central minister bats for TVS boss Venu Srinivasan in idol theft case

There is more political support for TVS Motor Co Chairman Venu Srinivasan against whom a FIR has been lodged in a case of idol theft, with Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and CPI leader R Mutharasan backing him.

Pon Radhakrishnan took to Twitter to express his support to TVS Chief Venu Srinivasan. In a series of tweets, he said that it is crucial to find out and punish the culprits behind idol thefts in temples and that it is more important to prevent such incidents from happening.

ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோயில் பிரச்சனை சம்பந்தமாக முழு விசாரணை நடத்தப்படவேண்டும், குற்றவாளிகள் தண்டிக்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்றும் என்பதும் முக்கியமான ஒன்று . ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோயிலின் அறங்காவலர் குழுத் தலைவர் மீதும் குற்றம் சாட்டப்பட்டிருக்கிறது(3)

— Pon Radhakrishnan (@PonnaarrBJP) August 12, 2018

ஆனால் திரு. வேணு சீனிவாசன் அவர்களைப் பற்றி பொதுவாக மக்களின் கருத்து பல ஆலயங்களின் மேம்பாட்டிற்காகவும், மக்களின் வாழ்வாதார மேம்பாட்டிற்காகவும் பல கோடி ரூபாய்களை எந்தப் பிரதிபலனும் கருதாமல் செலவு செய்து கொண்டிருப்பவர் என்பதாகும்(5)

— Pon Radhakrishnan (@PonnaarrBJP) August 12, 2018

“Public perception of Venu Srinivasan is that he spends crores of rupees for the upkeeping and maintenance of the temples without expecting anything in return,” said the tweet.

தற்போது அப்படிப்பட்ட ஒருவரையும் இவ்வழக்கில் குற்றம் சாட்டி இருப்பது உண்மைகுற்றவாளிகளுக்கு சாதகமாக அமைகிறதோ? அல்லது வழக்கை திசைதிருப்பும் முயற்சியோ? என பக்தர்களை கருத வைத்துள்ளது.(6)

— Pon Radhakrishnan (@PonnaarrBJP) August 12, 2018

“Many devotees were wondering whether charging a person like Srinivasan was meant to divert the investigation or help the real culprits,” added another tweet in the thread.

CPI leader Mutharasan also came out in support of the industrialist and said it was astonishing that Srinivasan, the head of TVS Motor, was being charged in a temple idol theft case. He sought a probe to know on whose instance Srinivasan’s name had been included in the FIR.

Earlier, MDMK founder Vaiko had demanded dropping of Srinivasan’s name from the FIR.

Meanwhile, a police team investigating the theft of idol on August 10 told the Madras High Court that Venu Srinivasan won’t be arrested for six weeks till the court hears the industrialist’s anticipatory bail application.

In his bail application, Srinivasan referred to a writ petition filed by one Elephant G Rajendran. Venu Srinivasan said that in paragraph 12 of an affidavit submitted in support of his petition, Rajendran mentioned that an FIR had been filed against him.

Venu Srinivasan said he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the famed Srirangam Temple and that he had spent Rs 25 crore from his own pocket for the renovation of the entire holy complex.

He said Rs 70 lakh was also spent by him on painting works at Sri Kabaleeswarar temple in the heart of Chennai.

The industrialist also said that a private trust funded by him and his company had undertaken renovation of over 100 temples in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Source: The News Minute

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