The Kerala state audit department has found out that the temple authorities have shifted the gold and silver from the strong room without valid proof.
Pathanamthitta: The Kerala state audit department found serious irregularities in the gold received as offerings in the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. The department found that the quantity of the gold has reduced and another inspection will be carried out in the temple's strong room on Monday (May 26)
According to sources, the department has found that the temple authorities have shifted the gold and silver from the strong room without valid proof. Many complaints regarding this issue were received from various persons by the Devaswom vigilance and regarding this, the concerned department decided to carry out a detailed inspection by opening the strong room of the Sabarimala temple.
It has been observed that the Devaswom vigilance had reported that the temple authority did not have a detailed report about the gold and silver kept in the strong room. The gold and silver received as the offerings were held in the strong room of the Travancore Devaswom board near Aranmula temple, Pathanamthitta.
Officials under assistant accounts officers are in charge of the strong room. Three officials are necessary to be in attendance while opening the strong room. Travancore Devaswom board president A Padmakumar said, “The former officers handling the duty of the strong room management were inefficient in the duty.”
He also rejected the report, which suggests there is a decrease in the quantity of the gold from the strong room.
The records of the gold and silver in the strong room should be handed to a new officer taking charge. But this procedure was not followed in the past six years.
Even a complaint was lodged in this regard in the high court of Kerala. Following this, the concerned department checked the strong room of the Travancore Devaswom board in Pathanamthitta.
Last Updated May 26, 2019, 2:40 PM IST