On Monday, speaking to media in Hyderabad, Deekshitulu said that there should be a greater probe into the irregularities and said that he is ready to face an inquiry.

Attempts made on my life being witch-hunted Tirumala ex-chief priest Deekshitulu
news Controversy Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 09:34

Making some shocking allegations, former TTD chief priest Ramana Deekshitulu, who was relieved from his services has said that there were two attempts on his life when AV Dharma Reddy was the special officer (SO) of the temple administration.

On Monday, speaking to media in Hyderabad, Deekshitulu said that there should be a greater probe into the irregularities and said that he is ready to face an inquiry.

He claimed that along with Dharma Reddy, other officials who worked with TTD  such as former joint executive officer P Balasubramanyam and current JEO Srinivasa Raju are scourges of the temple, TOI reported.

He further alleged that he was being witch-hunted for exposing the wrongdoings and said, “TTD was being run on the authority of JEOs for several years. When brought to light the wrongdoings, I have been questioned about my silence all these years."

While claiming he is ready to face a CBI probe, he continued to raise questions about the "missing pink diamond".

He claimed the pink diamond has been missing since 2001 and was auctioned abroad. 

Deekshitulu is in the news following his allegations of financial irregularities in the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) temple administration and the missing of jewellery from the temple. 

Earlier in May, Deekshithulu, along with a few other priests, convened a press meet in Chennai, and had alleged that the TTD authorities were corrupt and that several ornaments belonging to the temple, particularly old jewellery, were missing. 

Claiming that the activities of the TTD authorities were not transparent, he had demanded an open audit of the ornaments and donations received by the temple. 

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