- SC had ordered an audit of past 25 years of the Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kerala
New Delhi: The earlier order by the Supreme Court directing an audit of finances of the centuries-old famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala includes the trust attached with it, the apex court noted on Wednesday. It also said that the audit of the temple and the trust should be completed within three months.
Wednesday’s order was in response to a petition by the trust seeking clarification on the previous direction by the Supreme Court wherein it had ordered an administrative committee to carry out audit of past 25 years of the temple.
By the SC order of July 2020, the Administrative Committee, headed by the Thiruvananthapuram district judge, has been entrusted with the interim charge of running the Padmanabha Swamy temple.
However, the committee cited difficulty in running the temple, stating that the income was hardly Rs 60-70 lakh, as against expenses to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore monthly. It argued that the trust was evading its duty of meeting daily expenses of the temple which was under great financial stress.
It claimed that the Padmanabha Swamy temple trust has Rs 2.8 crore in cash and assets worth nearly Rs 1.9 crore.
However, when the committee sought details of accounts from the trust, the latter approached the Supreme Court seeking clarification on last year’s order.
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