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Kancha Ilaiah files PIL against KCR for offerings to deities

Hyderabad: A public interest litigation (PIL) was jointly filed by socialist Kancha Ilaiah and activist Gundamala Ramulu in the Hyderabad High Court against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The petition was filed against the CM for offering jewellery bought from tax payer’s money to temples in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The petitioners asked the government to make public, the amount that went into offerings made by KCR government, which had been recovered from Common Good Fund. They declared that using public money to fulfill KCR’s personal vows as illegal. They argued that the CGF funds should be used only for a purpose indicated in the provision laid down by the law and cannot be used for KCR’s personal vows and it was against the Constitution.

They demanded that the court declare the GOs 22 and 23 issued on February 24, 2015 for offerings to various deities indicated in the impugned GOs as illegal.

Petitioners further claimed that the State has no religion and therefore, all its actions shall be in furtherance of subscribing secularism and it shall not encourage any religion in particular.