STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

748 acres deleted from records of Simhachalam temple: Inquiry team

The committee completed its inquiry into the temple lands  on Tuesday. It will go to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands.

Published: 14th July 2021 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2021 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

Simhachalam temple

Simhachalam temple

Express News Service

VISAKHAPATNAM: The three-member inquiry committee constituted by the Special Commissioner of Endowments to probe irregularities in Simhachalam temple and MANSAS lands, has gathered evidence to prove that 748 acres belonging to Simhachalam temple were deleted from 22A of the records in 2016. The committee completed its inquiry into the temple lands  on Tuesday. It will go to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands.

The committee comprising Deputy Commissioner E Pushpavardhan, Regional Joint Commissioner D Brahmaramba and another member, visited Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the morning and verified the land records. Assistant Commissioners Vinod, Santhi and Annapurna were also present.
Pushpavardhan told TNIE that there was a prima facie case even before they began inquiry into the temple lands. 

“We have gathered all the evidence with regard to irregularities in the land records. The deletion of lands from Section 22A, which prohibits sale and fresh registration, was done in 2016. Though the temple executive officer was not empowered to delete the lands from 22A, the then EO had done it,” Pushpavardhan said. 

The Endowment Commissioner or the Endowments Tribunal are only empowered to make any changes in the land records. On the evidence available to prove that the lands deleted from Section 22A in 2016, the inquiry officer said there was correspondence between the EO and the office staff and signatures of the then EO, superintendent and other office staff on the files. Special teams were earlier deputed to make physical inspection of the lands, whose records were tampered. 

“No constructions have been taken up in the said land and the entire land in question is located in Visakhapatnam district,’’ he said, adding that the inquiry went on smoothly as the land records of both Simhachalam temple and MANSAS were digitised. The committee is expected to complete the inquiry into MANSAS lands in a single day.  

“We will submit a report to the State government on Simhachalam and MANSAS lands with the evidence gathered within two or three days,’’ he said. The government asked the Deputy Commissioner to submit the report on irregularities by July 15. The Endowments Commissioner had surrendered the then EO of Simhachalam temple Ramachandra Mohan. 

Probe into MANSAS lands from today

The three-member inquiry committee will go to Vizianagaram on Wednesday to probe the issue of MANSAS lands. “We will submit a report to the State government on both Simhachalam temple and MANSAS lands within two or three days along with the evidence gathered,” said Deputy Endowments Commissioner E Pushpavardhan



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp