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Ex-CAG to hold Kerala temple audit, says SC

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 25, 2014
First Published: 01:16 IST(25/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(25/4/2014)

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to hold a special audit of the property of Kerala’s famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple and constituted a new administrative committee headed by Thiruvananthapuram’s district judge, to manage it. 

A bench headed by Justice RM Lodha further clarified that “no property of temple will be alienated, sold or dealt with in any manner” until a court order is there.

If the district judge doesn’t come from the Hindu community, the next senior most judge of the Hindu faith in the area will be the chairman of the administrative committee.

The other members of the administrative committee would be the “Tantri” of the temple, presently Satish Namboodri and the district judge has been given the liberty to co-opt two other members, one of which will be nominated by the state government.

“The present trustees have failed badly and they have to be changed. If we have to give opportunity to the same persons and returned them the affairs of the temple then god save this temple,” the bench observed.

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