Am­i­cus cu­riae sees no dam­age to tem­ple idol

Vis­its Sree Pad­man­ab­haswamy tem­ple

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Se­nior Supreme Court lawyer Gopal Subra­ma­nium,

am­i­cus cu­riae to the Supreme Court in the cases re­lat­ing to the Sree Pad­man­ab­haswamy tem­ple here, has said there has been no dam­age to the main idol of the de­ity.

Mr. Subra­ma­nium, who con­ducted an ex­am­i­na­tion of the idol on in­struc­tions from the Supreme Court, said the idol was fully pro­tected and there was no ma­jor dam­age to it. Mr. Subra­ma­nium was ac­com­pa­nied by tem­ple tantris, ex­perts in ar­chi­tec­ture and tem­ple rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The am­i­cus cu­riae ar­rived here on Tues­day for car­ry­ing out ex­am­i­na­tion of the idol and to hold talks with mem­bers of the for­mer Tra­van­core royal fam­ily and Chief Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan on the is­sue of open­ing Vault ‘B’ of the tem­ple.

The court had di­rected him to hold talks with the mem­bers of the for­mer royal fam­ily and to re­vert to it with their re­ply. The royal fam­ily mem­bers told the me­dia on Tues­day, shortly be­fore their meet­ing with the am­i­cus cu­riae, that they would op­pose the open­ing of the vault and dis­so­ci­ate with the exercise even if the tantri agreed.

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