The Communist Party of India-Marxist has demanded the State government to initiate inquiry into reported embezzlement of funds at Sri Durga Malleswara Swamyvarla Devasthanam. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, CPI (M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said that the Devasthanam has been hitting headlines day in day out due to irregularities and misappropriation of funds and mismanagement. The expenditure involved in arrangements for Dasara festivities rose to Rs.5.5 crore this year.

It was Rs.4.5 crore a year ago and Rs.1 crore to Rs.1.5 crore couple of years ago. It seems there was a misuse of funds, he felt. Meanwhile, YSR Congress leader P. Gowtham Reddy also alleged that Devasthanam authorities colluded with two local Congress MLAs and contractors to embezzle over Rs.4 crore from the temple fund in 2012 and were in the preparatory mode to do the same this year also. He demanded probe into charges.