T P Sundarrajan, who filed case to open the vaults of Shree Anandapadmanabha Swamy temple died

published on July 16, 2011

Thiruvananthapuram: T P Sunderajan, who had filed case in Supreme Court to open the temple vaults of Shree Anandapadmanabha Swamy temple died early this morning.He was 70.

A former IPS officer (1964, West Bengal cadre) and an advocate at the Supreme Court, he was part of the security ring of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He left the profession to take care of his father at Trivandrum and took to the legal profession. He was staying at  ‘Saranaagathy’, near Mathilakam office, West Nada.

He suffered a stroke at his residence at the Agraharam (Brahmin settlement) a little past midnight. Friends say that the frail devotee had been unwell over the past week. “The strain of the past few weeks proved too much for him to bear,” a close family friend said. He is to be cremated in Thiruvananthapuram this morning.

The court was dissatisfied over the security of the existing treasures revealed in the five vaults. A sixth and last vault remains unopened. The court clearly stated that the treasure belonged to the temple. With Sundararajan’s death, a question mark hangs over the fate of the Supreme Court petition.

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