Madras High Court has observing that religious practices are protected only as long as they do not run counter to law, public safety, public health, morality and the civic rights of others.
Madras High Court made this observation on August 23 laying down elaborate guidelines to be followed during Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. Court disposed two public interest litigation petitions through a common judgement.
First Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M. Sundar had ordered no idols either made of polluting materials such as Plaster of Paris or painted with “prohibited polluting chemical colours” should be installed in public places. The judges also directed the government officials to ensure that requisite permissions from the Municipal Corporation, police, fire services personnel and the pollution control board were obtained by those wanted to instal idols of Vinayaka in public places.