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Action against ‘mahant’ Arjun Das as per HC orders: Minister

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PNS | Vijayawada

Deputy Chief Minister and Endowments Minister Kottu Satyanarayana said that the State Dharmika Parishad has decided to take action against Arjun Das, the former mahant of Tirupati Hathiram ji Matt, as the three-member committee has confirmed with evidences that irregularities have been committed.

Speaking to the media persons on Tuesday as part of weekly review, the minister said Arjun Das, who was the former Mahant of Tirupati Hathiram ji Matt, has been accused of committing many illegalities, by leasing out Matt’s properties and misappropriation of assets worth crores of rupees. But Arjun Das had gone to court in the past saying that the government has no right over Hathiram ji Matt to take action on these allegations. He said that the government has taken action against the mahant through the State Dharmika Parishad as per the orders of the State High Court. Arjun Das, who is the Mahant of Hathiram Ji Matt, has been suspended by the Rashtra Dharmika Parishad and a competent person has been appointed for that Matt. The minister said that a three-member committee has conducted a comprehensive inquiry into the issue and submitted a report confirming 16 allegations. He said that the Rashtra Dharmika Parishad has fully examined this comprehensive report and decided to take action against Arjun Das.

The minister said that the Dharma Prachara Parishad will soon be formed with the aim of conveying the importance of Sanatana Hindu Dharma to the present generation. Dharma Prachara Parishad will start the Sanatana Hindu Dharma Prachara programme from Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple on August 6 and will be held for a month. He said that as part of this campaign programme, various cultural programmes will be organized in temples, schools and colleges around Annavaram. He said that local artists will be made participants in these programmes and they will also be given rewards.

With the funds of Srivani Trust, 1,917 temples construction in the state will be completed by November. With the support of TTD construction of 200 temples has already been completed and 912 are in various stages and the foundation stones of the remaining 798 temples will be laid soon, he said. Apart from these, proposals for approval of another 870 temples have been sent to TTD and all those temples will be approved soon, TTD executive officer said.

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