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 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
It was firstnoticed in 2007 as an abandoned calf in a
forest area and was sheltered at the Mudumalai.
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