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Probe sought into pillage of endowment lands

Pontiff of Visakha Saradha Peetam Swamy Swaroopanandendra demanded an inquiry into the alleged pillage of Sadavathi satram lands in Chennai.
Talking to the media here on Thursday, the pontiff alleged that hundreds of acres belonging to the satram, whose value ran into several thousands of crores of rupees in the open market, was plundered by some officials belonging to the Endowments Department. The officials enjoyed the patronage of political leaders. Of the 471 acres, a paltry of 83 acres were remaining with the satram and efforts were on to dispose of even the residual property, he alleged.
It is high time the government stopped being apathetic and ordered an inquiry into the entire scandal that had tarnished its image either by the CBI or a sitting judge. The government should also ensure that the plundered property had been restored to the institution and the corrupt officials brought to book. All the Hindu organisations in the State should unite to fight for the cause.
He threatened to file a suit in the High Court if the government failed in recovering the looted property. “We have all the documentary evidence to substantiate the loot. We also have enough information about the reported move by the Endowment Department to dispose of the properties of seven temples including that of the famous Simhachalam devasthanam.”
The Swamiji also did not conceal his displeasure against the State government which he said had not consulted the Peethadhipathis in the run-up to the Krishna pushkaralu. The Swamiji apparently kicked-up a controversy when he pooh-poohed the recent remarks made by Chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu that the rise in the sins had led to the growth of the hundi income of the temples. If it were to be believed, then why did he contribute Rs. 20 lakh to hill temple on the eve of the birthday of his grandson, he questioned?
Swamy Swaroopanandendra threatens to file a suit in the High Court, if govt. fails in recovering the looted property


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