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Sacked TTD Priest makes his way to Tirumala again

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) which governs affairs at the Sri Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday, reinstated former chief priest Dr A.V Ramana Deekshitulu, who was unceremoniously sacked last year.
 
Deekshitulu has now been appointed as an ‘Agama advisor’, which will give him access to the temple again, on par with archakas or priests. Four former chief priests in total were appointed in this way.
 
In May last year, Deekshitulu alleged in a press meet that several old precious jewels were missing from Tirumala and also made claims of financial irregularities in the TTD. Deekshithulu had even moved court, inviting a Rs. 100 crore defamation suit from the TTD.
 
Another key demand from Deekshitulu was that the TTD should be brought under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act for transparency in its functioning.
 
Deekshitulu was sacked even as there was an ongoing controversy between the archakas, who hold tradition and hereditary appointments in high regard, and the IAS officers who work as administrators, to ensure that protocol is maintained in the temple town.
 
On the other hand, it is believed that the Jaganmohan Reddy-government will bring back any official or executive who have had differences with the previous TDP Government. Deekshitulu’s reinstatement is just another example of Jagan’s ill-thought-out moves! 

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