SC forms panel to monitor temple treasure
The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a five-member experts' committee to supervise the unearthing and preservation of the treasure of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.delhi Updated: Jul 22, 2011 00:55 IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a five-member experts' committee to supervise the unearthing and preservation of the treasure of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.
National Museum director general CV Ananda Bose will head the committee, which is to have representatives from the Archaeological Survey of India and the Reserve Bank.
An apex court bench said the committee would divide the treasure into three categories.
The committee has to ascertain how much of the treasure has historical value, how much of it can be put to regular use in the temple and what part of it has commercial value.
A separate three-member committee has been formed to oversee the work of the experts' committee.
The court did not pass any order on the opening of the sixth chamber and said the experts' committee would submit a report on it.
A Supreme Court-appointed panel has opened five chambers. Reports project the value of the treasure in these chambers at more than Rs 1 lakh crore.