Temple treasure should be kept in shrine: Chandy

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 23:53

New Delhi: Clarifying his government`s stand
on the issue of Sreepadmanabhaswamy temple assets, Kerala
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the treasure found in
temple vaults belongs to the shrine and it should be kept
there itself.

"The treasure unearthed from temple vaults belongs to the
temple. As far as possible, it should be kept at the temple
itself. This is the government`s stand," Chandy told reporters
here.

Welcoming today`s Supreme Court order, the Chief Minister
said the state government would provide all security to the
temple to protect its assets.

The Supreme Court today said the vault `B` of the Sree
Padmanabhaswamy Temple will be opened only after substantial
work regarding documentation and preservation of assets
unearthed from other `kalaras` (vaults) of the shrine is
completed.

A bench headed by justice R V Raveendran also turned down
the plea of an expert committee to hand over the security of
the temple to Central paramilitary forces and directed the
state government to provide foolproof cover to the temple to
protect its assets which are estimated to be over Rs 1.50 lakh
crore.

Chandy said a technical committee formed to give a
detailed report on the new technology required for the
protection of the assets will meet on Monday in his presence.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 23:53

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