VS demands CBI probe into alleged theft in Padmanabha temple

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) veteran and former chief minister V S Achuthanandan today sought a CBI inquiry into the alleged theft of gold articles from the famous Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple here.

Achuthanandan, in a statement here, said it has been revealed that gold, valued at Rs 186 crore, had been stolen from the secret treasure vaults of the centuries-old shrine.

The Marxist leader said both the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae and the committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai had come to the same conclusion that "gold valuables had been stolen."

"In this circumstances, those who are behind the theft have to be exposed. For this, a CBI inquiry is necessary," Achuthanandan said.

He also pointed out that he had years ago publicly stated about the alleged theft at the shrine.

"But, at that time, many people had tried to level false allegations against me," he said, adding observations by the amicus curiae and a committee headed by the former CAG had virtually shut the mouth of these people.