SC to determine whether or not to open Vault-B of Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 13 

Should the mysterious Vault-B of Shree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala be opened?

After years of litigation, a Supreme Court Bench of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Indu Malhotra will on Monday pronounce its verdict on the query.

The situation has evoked immense curiosity amongst individuals as a result of extensively held perception that it doesn’t augur effectively for many who dare open it.

The high court docket can be more likely to determine whether or not a brand new administration committee must be shaped to manage one of many richest Hindu temples in India the place Lord Vishnu (Shree Padmanabhaswamy) is worshipped in ‘Anantha Shayana’ posture.

The matter got here to the Supreme Court after the erstwhile royal household of Travancore—trustee of the temple—challenged the Kerala High Court’s January 31, 2011 verdict directing the state authorities to arrange a belief to take management of the temple administration, its belongings and run its affairs.

The temple has been in information since 2011 when an SC-appointed panel discovered jewelry, idols, weapons, utensils and cash price Rs one lakh crore in its 5 different vaults. But Vault-B—believed to be protected by cobras—wasn’t opened.

However, former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai—who audited the temple’s wealth on the highest court docket’s order—had in 2014 contradicted the favored perception.

In his report, Rai had instructed the court docket that Vault-B was opened at the least seven occasions since 1990.

Senior advocate and amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium had additionally supported Rai’s view that there must be verification of the stock of Vault-B.

Subramanium had alleged that the temple’s wealth was being stolen in an organised method. He wished the court docket to make sure that the royal household of Travancore must be refrained from its administration.

He had alleged that the royal household handled a public temple as a non-public fiefdom. The royal household had denied the allegation.

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