Important Judgments And Convictions
In 1951 Annamuthu Padayatchi of Sivapuram, Thanjavur unearthed 6 idols viz., Natarajar, Thirugnanasambandar, Somaskandar, Pillaiar and two Amman from his field.
The Collector of Thanjavur, handed over the 6 idols to the temple authorities
of Sri Sivagurunathasamy Temple of Sivapuram as per G.O.Ms.No.
2987/Revenue Department dated 29.10.1953.
The trustees of the temple wanted to repair the idols and this work was
entrusted to Ramasamy Sthapathy of Kumbakonam in the year June 1954.
the year 1956 Thilakar of Kuttalam and his brother Doss induced Ramasamy Sthapathy to part with the original Natarajar and 5 other idols and to substitute the
same with fake idols. Thilakar dispatched the
original Natarajar idol to Lance Dane of
, an Art Collector, arranged by Doss who
kept the idol for 10 years and sold it to Bomman Beharan of
who in turn sold it to Menu Narang. Benn Haller of
bought it for 6 Lakhs rupees in 1969 and sold it to Norton Simon
Foundation for USD .9 Lakhs
Dr.Douglass Barret of
British museum, in his book on ‘South Indian Bronze’ mentioned that the Natarajar idol in Sivapuram was a fake one and the original was with a private Art Collector. Tr.P.R.Srinivasan (curator of the Museum) alerted
the Director of Museum and the Government of TamilNadu.
An enquiry conducted on this resulted in registration of a case in Natchiarkoil P.S.Cr.No.109/69 U/S 406 IPC. The Crime Branch C.I.D took up the
special party arrested Lance Dane, Thilakar,
Doss, Ramasamy Sthapathy. Tr. S. Krishnaraj,
the then D.I.G, CB-CID, TamilNadu visited
and gathered evidence as to smuggling of the Idol. The Scotland Yard
found that the Natarajar was sent to Mrs.Anna Plowden of
Simon Foundation for repairs as the idol developed corrosion and
Government of India filed a civil suit against the Norton Simon
and Los Angles claiming the Natarajar Idol. Thiru.K.K.Rajasekaran Nair, I.P.S, I.G.P (Crime),
letter to the Government of TamilNadu to
request the Ministry of External Affairs to get the Idol back. Dr.M.S.Nagaraja Rao,
Director-General, Archaeological Survey of India, NewDelhi got the Idol from the Indian Embassy, Washington and now the Idol is in
the safe vault of Kabaleeswarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai.
accused arrested and convicted. There is no information about the
Similarly in Koradachery P.S.Cr.No.323/1976,
a Natarajar metal Idol belonging to Sri Viswanathasamy Temple, Pathur, Thanjavur District was smuggled out of India
and was in the possession of Bumper Development Corporation of U.S.A, a
giant Oil Corporation, who purchased it for 2.5 Lakhs dollars. The Idol was sent to
for curing the metal decease, where it was seized by the Scotland Yard.
We won the major point in this unique case that the Natarajar Idol is a juristic person and that it can and can be sued. It has also
been conceded that a
establish its rights in a British court. The Natarajar Idol was brought back to
and the same was kept
in the Icon Preservation Centre at Tiruvarur.
The accused concerned in this case are arrested and convicted.
Kodumudi P.S. Cr.NO. 354/1996 u/s 457, 380 IPC
In which 1. Deivanai Metal Idol. 2. Metal Vinayagar,
3. Veerabhaghu Metal idol burgled from the Kangiri Velayuthasamy Thiorukoil at Kodumudi village Erode Dt was recovered by the Idol wing CID on 4.9.2004 at Chennai by arresting two accused viz., Babu and Ponnusamy Gounder @ Mani and the case closed as
Undetected in Kodumudi PS Cr.No.354/1996 was
reopened. The trial conducted by IW-CID before IInd MM Court Chennai which ended in
conviction of 1 year and Rs. 6000/- fine to each accused on 10.1.2013. An
appeal also filed against the inadequate sentence awarded u/s 457, 380
IWCID Cr.NO. 4/2010 u/s 41(d)
102 Cr.P.C. @ 65 MCP Act.
2.8.2010 the Buddha metal idol was recovered from the accused Ramakrishnan at Chennai and the case trial successfully ended in the conviction of
the accused on 19.2.2013.
IWCID Cr.NO. 10/2008 u/s 41(d) 102 Cr.P.C. @ 65 MCP Act .
On 30.6.2008 the Kulandhai Krishnar metal idol was recovered from the accused Sathi Subramaniasamy. The case trial ended on conviction on