Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor-General of India submitted a report in the Supreme Court, which shows that 769 gold pots, valued around Rs. 186 crore are missing from the vast treasures found in the vaults of Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
A Bench led by Chief Justice of India, T.S. Thakur is scheduled to shortly hear Mr. Rai, who said the disappearance of the gold pots weighing 776 kg needed a “detailed probe.”
In his report, Mr. Rai said each gold pot was assigned a separate serial number. Gold pots bearing numbers from one to 1,000 were used till July 2002.
It said that if 822 gold pots were melted to meet the requirements of gold for ornamental works, there should have been at least 1,166 gold pots left.But the report said gold pots featuring serial numbers till only 397 could be found.
The report said 30 per cent of the gold sent for melting and purification was lost. The report states that there is a loss of 263 gold on the name of purification and states that gold worth Rs 186 crore in the form of 769 gold pots are not traceable.
The report further stated that photographs were taken of 1,022 precious articles, including the 397 gold pots, lying in C and E kallaras in August 2007, on the suggestion of the then Trustee for an album of the treasure.
But there was no sign of album or the photographs or the negatives.
The report said the administrative committee of the temple was “weak” and suggested a revamp.
Mr. Rai suggested appointment of a new committee led by a retired All India Service Officer with a rank of Secretary to Government. The panel should have one representative each from the Travancore royal family and from the Revenue Department of Kerala