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Friday, July 8, 2011

RICHEST TEMPLE: SC bars opening of Padmanabha Swamy Temple vaults!

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Police cover Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum, Kerala - AP

The Supreme Court today restrained the seven-member committee from opening vaults of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, which according to various estimates contains wealth worth over Rs one lakh crore.
A bench of justices R.V. Raveendran and A.K. Patnaik asked the petitioner Raja Marthanda Varma, erstwhile Prince of Travancore, and the Kerala government to come out with appropriate suggestions for ensuring sanctity and security of the ancient temple which has come to the limelight following discovery of the huge wealth.
The apex court while restraining the opening of vault (B) and also the vault (A) posted the matter for further hearing on next Thursday. During the arguments, senior counsel K K Venogopal, appearing for the erstwhile prince, clarified that the temple was a public property and no member of the royal family claims any ownership or right over the huge property. "The royal family is not claiming any ownership.

01) There is a heated debate whether the treasures of the Religious Trusts be taken over by the Government and spend on public good!

02) As this is a secular country, I don't think such move would be acceptable in a Multi-Curltural Society as ours, since the 'Right to Worship' is one of the Fundamental Rights, protected by the Constitution!

03) However, the State can play a role of bringing transparency in their Accounting and Spending pattern to ensure that no individual trustee is siphoning of the trust funds or indulging in corrupt practices or nepotism.

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