30 prayer halls in Tamil Nadu receive notice, HC stays closure of one

  • | Tuesday | 24th October, 2017

CHENNAI: District authorities have issued show-cause notice to about 30 Christian prayer halls in Coimbatore district alone, threatening to close them down for conducting prayers without prior permission. So far 10 halls have been issued such showcause notices and have literally stopped prayer meetings in those halls.The Pastors of all the halls would be approaching the court soon." "In his petition, Selvasingh Samuel said he had constructed a prayer hall in Sultanpet on his own property acquired bequeathed by his father and was engaged in preaching the Gospel and praying for the sick since 2002. All those halls are receiving such notices one after another. "But on September 28, as a bolt out of the blue, the Sulur tahsildar issued a notice stating that prayer meetings are being conducted in the premises without prior permission from the district administration, thereby requiring the petitioner to conduct further meetings only after getting appropriate permission," he said.Later, talking to TOI about further development on the issue, senior counsel Wilson said: "There are around 35 such prayers halls in Coimbatore.

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