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Updated On 24-11-2018 04:53:16 ISTUpdated On 24-11-20182018-11-23T23:23:33.142Z15-11-2018 2018-11-15T02:45:56.070Z - 2018-11-23T23:23:16.242Z - 24-11-2018
Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) challenging the constitutional validity of Andhra Pradesh government’s control on 11 temples including the Sri Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati.
The Hyderabad HC which has agreed to hear the PIL has asked both the states to file their responses. Swami has alleged financial irregularities in the TTD for a long time now.
Under the Endowments department, the Hyderabad HC has requested for a report. Swami has also alleged that because both the internal and external audits are being done by the state most of the funds which come to TTD is being misused.
Currently, the matter has been adjourned for a further hearing sometime next month. Earlier, Swami had approached the Supreme Court of India but it had denied his request for hearing and requested him to move to the Hyderabad High Court.
Swamy had first knocked the doors of the court when the chief priest of the TTD was sacked by the TDP in May on the pretext of exceeding the age limit. However, the sacking didn't go down well with the priest and he leveled a series of serious allegations against the administration on irregularities in finances. The temple chief also said that many ornaments in TTD were missing.
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