Special Correspondent

At Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Temple

KANNUR: Steps were under way by the Deputy Commissioner (Administration) of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR and CE) Department on Monday to ensure due accounting of all collections and expenditure at the Parassinikkadavu Muthappan Temple here as directed by the High Court.

Deputy Commissioner V.V. Ratheesan, who had already assumed charge of the Special Officer to assist the traditional temple trustee for ensuring proper administration and proper accounting of the receipts and expenditure as ordered by the High Court on September 4, 2008 while disposing of two writ petitions. Mr. Ratheesan reached the temple premises on Monday morning and started the measures to seal temple hundials for checking any unauthorised collection of cash or jewels at the temple. The Special Officer was also to ensure transparency in purchases in the temple.

Notice served

Mr. Ratheesan had reached the temple premises a few days ago and served a notice on the trustee informing that he would initiate the steps on October 20. As the temple authorities had locked the office rooms at the temple, Mr. Ratheesan had sought the presence of the Village Officer of Anthur at the time when an office room was opened in the afternoon, HR and CE Commissioner E. Raghavan said.

The High Court in its order dismissed a writ petition filed by the temple authorities against the earlier appointment of the Special Officer in 2005. The latest court order ordered the sealing of all hundials and accounting of all income and expenditure in the temple.

The High Court also directed to appoint another Special Officer for proper management and accounting in the temple.

Arrears

The Commissioner said that the Special Officer would also take steps for clearing the arrears of the dues to be paid by the temple to the government. It had been ordered that the arrears due to the government should be remitted at the rate of minimum Rs. 2 lakh per month, he said adding that this was subject to revision after observing the income of the temple under the Special Officer.

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