New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday 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 31 January 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 2 May, on a petition filed by Rama Varma’s elder brother 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.”