Thiruvananthapuram: Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam, in a 577-page report submitted to Supreme Court, has hinted that the gold at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple may have been pilfered.
According to his report, the gold at the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple had been taken out and raised doubts the involvement of the highest echelons in it. The report says it found the gold was taken out from the workshop of Tanjavur Jewellers.
Gopal Subramaniam, after a 35-day inspection of the temple, also told the court in his report about recent discovery of a gold plating machine in the temple premises and expressed apprehension that some original temple gold and ornaments may have been pilfered and replaced with fakes.
The report suggests that some people on the highest echelons of the temple administration may have involved in it. It also raises serious questions over the manner in which the Travancore royal family is administering the temple.
Expressing deep anguish about the several serious irregularities in the management of the temple and its wealth, the report has urged the court to order an audit of the wealth of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai.
"It appears that there has been large scale breach of moral and fiduciary duties towards Sree Padmanabhaswamy and the temple, and the temple which is a public temple has been treated for all effects and purposes as a private fiefdom," the report says.