A division bench of justice R Mahadevan and justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad sought the response while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by G Thirumurugan, a resident of Ramanathapuram district.
The petitioner stated that in memory of the Pandyan dynasty, a 15ft-tall statue weighing between 2.5 to 3 tonnes with three fish jumping on top of each other was installed at the eastern side entrance of the Madurai in 1999.
Three years ago, the statue was removed when the railways took up infrastructure, renovation and beautification work to facilitate smooth entry of buses and other vehicles to the main entrance of the station.
The railway authorities had assured that the statue would be re-installed in an alternative place within the premises after the completion of the infrastructure, renovation and beautification work.
The petitioner stated that even though the works have been completed, the fish statue with fountain was not installed.
Though the preliminary work to re-install the statue commenced in November 2021, the statue is yet to be installed.
Though he had submitted a representation to the authorities, no steps were taken so far. Hence, the petitioner moved the HC Madurai bench.