: The inventorying of the vaults of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple here will begin on Monday with the unsealing of vault C.

The expert committee for this project has informed the Supreme Court that vault C would be opened first, for the inventorying. However, this vault is among the four vaults in the temple which are under the seal of the Principal Sub-Court, Thiruvananthapuram.

The vault seal is broken open by a commissioner representing the court. Now, that the Supreme Court has ordered the sub-court not to make any more pronouncements in the temple case, the question is who would break open the seal of vault C on February 20.

“The vault seal can only be opened on the basis of an order from the sub-court. Now that the sub-court cannot pass any order on the case consequent to which the vaults were sealed, the expert committee should have submitted an application to the Surpreme Court for unsealing the vaults,” a lawyer associated with the temple case in the Supreme Court told The Hindu.

Meantime, the Temple administration has reportedly submitted a letter to the court commissioners requesting that the seal of vault C be broken open for inventorying on February 20.