SC appoints committee to supervise assets of Padmanabhaswamy Temple
New Delhi, July 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a five-member expert committee to supervise the unearthing and preservation of assets of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.
A bench headed by Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik said the committee will be headed by Director General of National Museum C V Ananda Bose and will also consist of representatives of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
The expert committee would submit its report only to this court.
The court also appointed a three-member committee to oversee the work of unearthing of temple assets.
The three-member overseeing committee will consist of retired judge of Kerala High Court, Justice M N Krishnan, the erstwhile Prince of Travancore Marthanda Varma and a government representative of the rank of secretary.
The court also directed that no unauthorized person would be allowed to be present at the site of unearthing of assets.
Earlier, the apex court had ordered videography of the Rs. 90,000 crores worth of treasure found at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.
It also proposed the appointment of a curator of a museum to preserve the treasure being unearthed from the 16th-century old temple located in Thiruvananthapuram.
The Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram shot into fame as the richest in the country after wealth, including jewels and gold, were found there in vaults sealed for over 150 years.
A total of six vaults were found, with two more vaults of wealth discovered later.
The four vaults that were opened in the temple first revealed wealth valued around Rs. 90,000 crore. (ANI)
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