THE ANCIENT Kashi Vishwanath temple got back its stolen gold and silver ornaments around 24 years after their recovery, on Thursday evening.
The entire process of handing over the ornaments to the temple trust was held at the treasury office where it was kept in a locker. Representative of divisional commissioner, who is also chief executive officer of the temple trust, Indra Vikram Singh completed the formalities.
The ornaments, including 2.555 kilogram gold from Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva and around 5.17 kg silver, were stolen on January 5, 1983. Later, the police recovered the stolen items and arrested the accused persons on January 22, 1983.
Former state minister Shatrudh Prakash, Narendra Kumar Goenka and Batuk Nath Maurya had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Allahabad High Court for the
release of the recovered items.
On August 29, 2006, the Allahabad High Court ordered the divisional commissioner to file an application in the concerned court and get the stolen items back.
Following this, Advocate of temple trust, Anil Kumar Singh filed an application in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court.
The Varanasi court on Monday ordered for releasing the item to the temple trust.