In an important development, eight antique diamonds, which had gone missing from the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, have now been recovered.
It is understood that the missing diamonds were found from the temple's B and F vaults in an investigation conducted by the Crime Branch. Some antique jewellery, which were not documented before, have also been found, as per reports.
Eight diamonds, which form part of the idol's 'namam' (tilak), were reported missing recently. The value of the precious and antique stones is reportedly worth lakhs of rupees according to experts.
According to the Crime Branch probe, led by IG S Sreejith, the diamonds were not stolen a temple but were only "misplaced". The probe report has been handed over to state police chief Loknath Behera and will be produced in court later.
Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, the amicus curiae appointed by the Supreme Court to bring transparency in the temple's administration, had found that eight gems went missing in May.
Though officially valued at around Rs 21 lakh, Subramanium suggested the missing diamonds are worth much more due to their antiquity. The diamonds were kept in cellars near the sanctum sanctorum and used to be taken out for daily rituals performed on the idol.