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PTI Madurai
Updated: 31-10-2018 18:21 IST

The Madras High Court Bench here

Wedneday ordered shifting of the ailing elephant of famous Sri

Mariamman temple at Samayapuram in Tiruchirappalli district to

the Mudumalai Theppakadu camp for the jumbos.

The elephant Masini, donated to the temple by then

chief minister late J Jayalaithaa in 2016, is now undergoing

treatment at the Veterinary College and Research Institute in

Orathandu in Thanjavur district.

Justices M M Sundaresh and N Satishkumar gave the

direction on a PIL, filed by Clymont, seeking to restrain the

temple officials from using the elephant for temple rituals.

Earlier, the Dean of the veterinary college informed the

court that the elephant was recovering and could be sent to

the camp.

The Judges also ordered that a veterinarian should

check the health of the elephant.

The elephanthad run amok and trampled to death its

mahout Rajendran and injured eight others in the temple some

months ago.

It was firstnoticed in 2007 as an abandoned calf in a

forest area and was sheltered at the Mudumalai.

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