Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Narayana Murthy on Sunday was formally sworn in as a member of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Trust Board.
The TTD manages the affairs of the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala.
According to temple sources, the oath of office and secrecy was administered to Sudha Murthy inside the shrine by TTD Executive Officer D Sambasiva Rao.
On February 8, the Andhra government had issued a GO (government order) confirming the appointment under the AP Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act, 1987.
She replaces J Sekhar Reddy who was removed as a member of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) by the AP government on December 10 last year, following the seizure of huge cash and gold from his premises in Chennai.
The IT officials had reportedly seized Rs 130 crore including Rs 70 crore in new currency notes of Rs 2,000 and over 100 kg of gold from the premises of Sekhar Reddy and his two associates in Chennai during three days of search operations.
Sudha Murthy who is a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is a trustee of the Infosys Foundation USA.
She was previously an engineer with TELCO, which is now known as Tata Motors.
Sudha Murthy has written several books in Kannada and English, which have been translated into all major Indian languages.
She is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, awarded by the Indian government.