Former Tirumala head priest brushes aside defamation case

The retired head priest termed the defamation case as absurd and described it as a move by TTD to silence voices of those who are vocal about corruption in TTD.

By   |  Published: 20th Jun 2018  4:14 pmUpdated: 20th Jun 2018  10:14 pm
Tirumala temple former head priest Ramana Deekshitulu at a press meet in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Hyderabad: Former head priest of Tirumala temple, Ramana Deekshitulu​,​ on Wednesday brushed aside the Rs.100 defamation case that was filed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Board.

The retired head priest termed the defamation case as absurd and described it as a move by TTD to silence voices of those who are vocal about corruption in TTD.

“I have received a Rs. 100 crore defamation notice from TTD. I want to ask the TTD whether it is illegal to raise genuine issues and problems associated ​with ​the Tirumala temple? They are simply trying to shut my mouth by foisting such ridiculous cases,” he said​ at a press conference here​.

The head priest pointed out that instead of setting​ ​up a special committee comprising senior officials who can conduct an unbiased enquiry into the issues that were recently raised by him, the TTD went the other way and decided to target persons who have raised genuine problems.

Tirumala temple former head priest Ramana Deekshitulu at a
press meet in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

A few months ago, the head priest along with few others had alleged that that the TTD authorities were corrupt and that several ornaments belonging to the temple, particularly old jewe​l​lery and diamonds donated by king Krishnadevaraya of ​the ​Vijayanagara empire were missing.

“I raised the issue about lack of transparency in the functioning of TTD. Moreover, even the rituals that are supposed to be followed while performing puja are not being held properly. It is the responsibility of TTD officials to provide clarification on such issues,” he said