The Tamil Nadu government Thursday told the Madras High Court that it had no plans to send Srivilliputtur temple elephant, Joymala, back to Assam. [N Sivaganesan v The Secretary to Government, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment department].A bench of Acting Chief Justice M Duraiswamy and Justice Sunder Mohan recorded the submission of Additional Advocate General J Ravindran that the state had "no plans," or any proposal yet to send Joymala back. .On August 26 this year, a team of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India released a video allegedly showing a mahaut torturing Joymala in the temple premises.Following the PETA video, the Assam government had sent a four-member team of forest and police officials to Tamil Nadu for inspecting the condition of the elephant and initiating the process of bringing her back..Today, a PIL relating to the issue was mentioned before the High Court for urgent hearing. The petitioner, N Sivaganesan, a scientist on wildlife conservation, who claims to hold a PhD on the interaction of elephants with the forest eco system, urged the High Court to restrain the State government from sending back any of the nine elephants that it received from Assam between 2010 and 2015.The PIL said that the Tamil Nadu government has specific Rules for temple elephants. These Rules require that the animals are taken care of, and that they are kept in airy and well lit enclosures within a three kilometre radius of the concerned temple. Submitting that temple elephants are very well taken care of, the petitioner argued thatJoymala and the other elephants must continue to stay in Tamil Nadu.