Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium, appointed by the Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae to look into the mismanagement of wealth in Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram has submitted his report saying that gold and other valuables have been stolen from the temple and sought an independent probe by a Special Investigation Team led by the CBI Director.
Subramanium said the financial management and “pilferage” of gold, silver, jewels and valuable artefacts of the temple, which is said to be the richest in India, must be probed independently.
It has been noticed and found by the amicus curiae as well as the Special Audit Authority led by Vinod Rai (former Comptroller and Auditor General of India) that gold, silver and other valuable artefacts and jewels of the Padmanabha Swamy temple have gone missing over the yearsReport by the Amicus Curiae
Citing the report of the special audit by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai, on 28 March last year, the amicus curiae indicated that 769 gold pots, weighing 776 kg and worth about Rs 186 crore were missing.
Subramanium said he himself had found 35 kg of gold bars kept hidden on the temple premises.
The senior lawyer also sought the court's permit for opening of Kallara B of the temple for inventorying of treasures. Traditions, customs and rituals will be followed while opening the vaults, he had said. Vault B was opened at least seven times during the period from July 1990 to December 2002.
This is the second report submitted to the Supreme Court by the Amicus Curiae. His first report submitted on 25 April 2014 had pointed out at irregularities and lack of accounting of the gold ornaments and other precious articles.