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SC orders videography of Kerala temple treasure unearthing

July 06
03:12 2011

SC orders videography of Kerala temple treasure unearthing

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today directed videography of the ongoing unearthing of treasure trove inside chambers of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala.

A bench of justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik also proposed the appointment of a curator of a museum to preserve the treasure being unearthed from the centuries-old temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

The treasures found from cellars of the temple are estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh crore.

The apex court’s directions came during the hearing of a petition by the heir of erstwhile king of Travancore Raja Rama Varma, challenging a Kerala High Court ruling of January 31 this year, ordering takeover of the assets and management of the shrine by the state.

The court also barred the observer, supervising the unearthing of the temple’s treasure, from giving any interview of the process, saying the matter is related to the state.

After brief proceedings, the court posted the matter for further hearing on Friday.

Earlier on May 2, on a petition filed by Rama Varma’s uncle Marthanda Varma, the apex court, by an interim order, had stayed the high court’s order for takeover of the management and assets of the temple.

While hearing of the petition, the court had directed that “there shall be a detailed inventory of the articles, valuables and ornaments found from the temple’s treasure trove.” (More) PTI AAC RKS AKI RAX SC ETB
The court had also appointed retired judges of Kerala High Court Justice M N Krishnan and Justice C S Rajan as observers to supervise unearthing of the temple’s treasure and had said that the inventory list would be prepared in their presence.

The two petitioners in the matter, including Marthanda Varma, were also authorized by the apex court to be present during the preparation of the inventory list.

The court had also said that the inventory shall be made in the presence of the Devaswom Department’s secretary or a representative nominated by it.

The court had also directed the presence of a senior officer of the Department of Archaeology during preparation of the inventory list.

The court had also made Justice Krishnan as the in-charge for organizing the inventory and fixing of the schedule for it’s unearthing.

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