Following the ACB and Vigilance raids which brought to light several lapses at Kanaka Durga temple, the government transferred Suresh Babu on Wednesday.
The Vigilance team headed by an Additional SP rank officer arrived at the temple’s office around 12 noon and spent more than six hours collecting information related to various departments.
It may be recalled here that acting on complaints received from a few devotees, sleuths of ACB along with Vigilance department conducted surprise raids at the temple on February 18.
Focusing on the irregularities in the sanitation department, Suresh Babu has posted sanitation inspector T Rajanipriya to look after sanitation works both uphill and downhill.
One of the temple outsourcing staffers, Narayana’s eye and a devotee’s thigh were burnt.
The sources in the Endowments department hinted that MV Suresh Babu will either be suspended or transferred based on the gravity of ‘irregularities’ he has committed or involved in.
It was also found that the EO has violated the directions of the Endowments Commissioner and awarded tenders to a security agency unauthorisedly.
On the other hand, Arjuna Rao also reportedly sent another detailed report to the Principal Secretary of Endowments recommending action against the top officials.
Kanaka Durga temple EO MV Suresh Babu claimed that some staff and contractors filed false petitions with ACB, resulting in the raids.
The sleuths inspected the engineering wing of the temple and verified the documents related to ongoing works, pending bills and project status files.
Sources from ACB said that four teams conducted suprise raids on receiving information about irregularities taking place in the devasthanam.
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He committed similar crimes in the past and even served time in jail in 2008 and 2011.
Sources said he sold the stolen silver lions to a jeweller in Tuni in West Godavari district and the jeweller in turn melted the statues. The jeweller was also taken into custody for questioning.
Chaturveda Havanam, an eight-day ritual, began on a grand note at Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri here on Monday.