ANDHRA PRADESH

Probe official inspects temple

ON THE JOB: Rent Controller Court Commissioner Kota Jayaraj estimating the gold plating works of the `Vimaanagopuram' of Kanakadurga temple on Wednesday. - Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

ON THE JOB: Rent Controller Court Commissioner Kota Jayaraj estimating the gold plating works of the `Vimaanagopuram' of Kanakadurga temple on Wednesday. - Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar  

Staff Reporter

Case against Endowments Department

VIJAYAWADA: Kota Jayaraj, who has been appointed commissioner to look into a complaint pertaining to non-payment of bill for the gold and copper plating work of `Vimaanagopuram' of the Kanakadurga temple, inspected the temple premises on Wednesday.

Mr. Jayaraj has been appointed by the Court of Rent Controller-cum-Fourth Additional Junior Civil Judge in the wake of a case filed by the city-based Sri Durga Industries against the Endowments Department, Sri Durga Malleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam and former Executive Officer of the Devasthanam E. Gopalakrishna Reddy.

The complainant accused all the three of `intentionally' holding back the bill to be paid to him.

The city-based firm partly executed the copper and gold plating work for the `Vimaanagopuram' about three years ago and suspended the remaining work following an objection from the devasthanam.

The devasthanam officials felt that the quality of the work was not up to the mark and sought technical support from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

Kosuru Nuka Raju, managing partner of Sri Durga Industries, approached the court alleging that the devasthanam had kept his bill pending.

Mr. Jayaraj inspected the temple and took photographs of `Vimaanagopuram.' Though he tried to interact with the officials and the staff concerned of the temple to complete the inquiry, they were not available.

In-charge Executive Officer of the devasthanam, Rami Reddy, urged the Commissioner to hold the inquiry on May 11.

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