Andhra govt drops case against 'Dollar' Seshadri over 2006 TTD gold coins scam
The Andhra Pradesh government has put an end to the infamous case of alleged misappropriation of 300 five-gram gold coins of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) in 2006, by issuing Government Orders (GOs) to drop disciplinary action against retired officials allegedly involved in the case.
Two GOs were released on Friday, and they ordered that action against former TTD superintendent P. Seshadri, also known as ‘Dollar’ Seshadri, and retired deputy executive officer A Vasudevan be dropped, TOI reported.
The case pertains to the coins going ‘missing’ in June 2006, from the TTD’s official treasury called 'Bokkasam', where Lord Venkateswara’s belongings are stored.
In 2008, the TTD had suspended three senior officials and terminated the services of ‘Dollar’ Seshadri, along with the officer on special duty, after the alleged misappropriation came to light.
Pointing out that Seshadri had an extended stint for two years from 2006, beyond retirement, the Deccan Chronicle reported that he was the sole custodian of the treasury for almost 10 years.
The TTD had extended his stint, claiming that he was one of the few people who was well versed with the customs of serving the Lord, as he was on special duty (OSD), TNIE reported.
The DC report also mentions that the case was probed by then TTD chief vigilance and security officer BV Ramana Kumar.
Following this, special grade deputy executive officer R Prabhakar Reddy, deputy executive officer A Vasudevan and then superintendent E Ramachandra Reddy's services were terminated.
In October 2014, the Chittoor Fourth Additional District Magistrate court sentenced then Bokkasam clerk Venkatachalapathi to three years imprisonment, and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.
While hearing the case, the court had considered ‘Dollar’ Sheshadri a prime witness.