Nanjangud: A devotee of famous Nanjundeshwara temple which is known as southern Kashi has accused the former temple administrator board president of looting several lakhs of temple funds by providing fake receipts under temple’s Girija Kalayan scheme.
It is gathered that the former temple Board President Mohan Kumar had taken a cheque for Rs 12,000 from devotee Savitha Chandrashekhar on April 29. In addition, he had collected Rs 500 cash from her on October 15. Then he issued a receipt for Rs 25,000 and has asked her to remit Rs 8,000 balance. When the devotee visited the temple office recently she was told by the present management that the receipt given does not belong to the temple and informed her that Mohan Kumar term in office ended in April itself.
There are reports of cheating from few other temple devotees too. In the mean time devotee Savitha has accused Mohan Kumar of forging existing executive officer’s signature in the receipts issued to her.
Devotees are of the opinion that looted amount may be in lakhs of rupees considering the fact that Mohan Kumar went on door to door collection. They accuse him of denting temples’ image, especially by issuing fake receipts to devotees who come forward to donate amount to the temple for its Girija Kalyana scheme.
The executive officer Jayaprakash has informed higher-ups about fake receipts issued using his signature and intends to lodge a complaint with the police against Mohan Kumar.