Chennai: The Madras high court has ordered notice to the authorities on a petition, which sought a direction to the Comptroller and Audit General of India to conduct an audit in Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple from 2000 till date.
A division bench comprising Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad posted to November 19, further hearing of the Public Interest Litigation from Rangarajan Narasimhan.
According to petitioner, the board of trustees of the temple have misused their powers and appointed numerous touts in the temple who have no connection with the temple affairs, internal, external and made numerous changes to the physical structure of the temple. The board of trustees in collusion with the Joint Commissioner, who was the executive officer of the temple, spent money on the activities that were against the Sampradaya of the temple. Moreover, the last audit was conducted in the year 2015 in violation of the HR & CE Act, which mandates an audit be conduceted ever year, he added.