Eight antique diamonds missing from Kerala’s Padmanabhaswamy shrine, SC told

The latest development comes nearly 10 months after a special audit report by Vinod Rai committee discovered that gold worth Rs 189 crore had mysteriously disappeared from the temple's cellars.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 3, 2017 4:32 pm
 Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, diamonds missing from kerala temple, antique diamonds missing from kerala temple, Thiruvananthapuram news, indian express Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Eight antique diamonds of an idol at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple have been missing and the crime branch of the Kerala Police is investigating the alleged theft, reported The Hindu. Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium also informed the Supreme Court that the missing diamonds were a vital part of the daily rituals. The latest development comes nearly 10 months after a special audit report by Vinod Rai committee discovered that gold worth Rs 189 crore had mysteriously disappeared from the temple’s cellars.

Subramanium told the apex court that the temple’s outgoing executive officer KN Satheesh reported about the missing diamonds, which was kept in cellars near the sanctum sanctorum, in May 2017, according to the report. The stones are officially valued at over Rs 21 lakh, but Subramanium believes that they were worth much more due to their antiquity.

While checking the temple treasurer records, the amicus came to know that the “missing diamonds” were first mentioned in August 2015. The matter was again reported by the priest in March 2016 and an FIR was registered in August same year in connection with the case. However, the amicus said that the Administrative Committee never pressed for an in-depth inquiry into the case of the missing stones and that it used “vague expressions” to suggest that the diamonds were only “damaged”, and not lost.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar is scheduled to hear the case on July 3.

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    Sanjay
    Jul 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    In a Muslim state they will find ways to loot the Temple. This is sad that Lord in truth there is happiness. We wonder how such prosperity existed and wealth ? Obviously thieves steal like the dirty communist and congress party. . This despicable state has arise. If any of the stones are greater than a carat then they would be worth lakhs. Antique stone of Golconda Diamond are worth lakh dollars a carat and more meaning more than crores per carat and probably worth 100 of crores if not thousands. I am surprise they have not certified the Diamonds. . Dismiss this state government for this robbery.
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      Sanjay
      Jul 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm
      In a Muslim state they will find ways to loot the Temple. This is sad that Lord in truth there is happiness. This dispicalle state has arise. If any of the stones are greater than a carat then they would e would be worth lakhs. Antique stone of Golconda Diamond are worth lakh dollars a carat and more. Dismiss the state government for this robbery.
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        Seb
        Jul 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm
        This fortune may go away like that before the authorities would come to a decision that to spend for the poor People of God´s Own Country. Is the way to enhance the living Situation of the poor/poorer/poorest in the state itself.
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          Parikarnath.Iyer
          Jul 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm
          RSS should be cons T I T utionally guve the responsibility of saving the temples and its jewels all over the world, including those in the Pa k i s t a n, Bangladesh, China, SL, Mauritius, England, Germany, all of Europe, USA. Canada...........guys, it's just for fun.
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            Rohr
            Jul 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm
            As long as those jewels are adorning the dress of Shri Modi Bhai in his visit to Israel I am perfectly fine.
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              Antony
              Jul 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm
              Temple is nder the control of RSS and bhakts . These antinationals have stolen it and blaming the communist govt who just completed one year in office . The daimonds were stolen long back ! It is Travancore people's wealth which former maharaja hide inside the temple so that British won't loot it ! But RSS looted it and spend the money for BJP ,s election campaign! That is the truth!
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                guru592006
                Jul 3, 2017 at 8:14 pm
                This temple is under the control of kerala govt not e en under the control of central govt.
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                  Sumit
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm
                  Anotny. Are you a human being? How you can say that without any iota of truth? Is your religion teaches you to spread blatant lie just for the sake of your satisfaction? Do your religion never teaches you the good manners? Shame you man. Kerala temples are fully controlloed by Communist and Khancross politicians for decades. Dont vomit any lies here. God will punish you if you twist the facts.
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                mimi sur
                Jul 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm
                What can you expect from a corrupt communist gov which is also anti-Hindu . I am sure these treasure will all be stolen .
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                  murty
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm
                  Corrupt congress and comunists being in rule looted all Hindu temple property and give to minorities under name of socialism in Kerala.they were saying it should be spent social activities right from the treasure found now looting underhand.if they have guts let the party recover the loot????
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                    Darkhorse
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 5:18 pm
                    You seem to be another bhakt blaming everything on congress. Who was in charge of it the temple trust so they are to be questioned. What is the govts role in it?
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                      rddy
                      Jul 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm
                      Well said, same logic should be implemented when ever a Muslim is lynched,why you guys are blaming RSS and Modi for lynching ,when it is done by an ordinary person, now you will come out with chest beating Lol
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                      Ajit Shaurya
                      Jul 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm
                      Yeah, it rained in Thailand or snowed in Siberia and it is the fault of the Congress ! At some point, blaming everything under the sun on Congress, should be treated as the rubbish it is.
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