TN film director moves HC for NOC to attend church fest at Katchatheevu

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Chennai: A Tamil film director has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to Chennai Commissioner of Police to issue no objection certificate to him to attend the St Antony festival at Kachatheevu, an islet in the Palk Strait.

When the plea came up Wednesday before Justice M S Ramesh, the governments side submitted that criminal cases were pending against director Gowthaman. The judge then adjourned the hearing to April 1.

Gowthaman, who directed movies like Kanave Kalaiyade, submitted that the shrine has been declared a holy place by both the Indian and Sri Lankan governments.

He further submitted that there was no need for any passport or Sri Lankan visa for visiting Katchatheevu.

As many as 35 country boats and 106 mechanised vessels ferry pilgrims, most of them from Rameswaram, for the festival, which is going to be held on February 23 and 24, he said.

“Since the festival gives the participants an opportunity to share hopes and renew tradition, in an area shared harmoniously by Tamils from both countries,” Gowthaman said he would like to participate. He submitted that the church festival committee acknowledged his application for participation but demanded an NOC from police.

Though he applied for it, there has been no response following which he filed the present plea, he submitted.

Source: India Today

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