SINGAPORE, Aug 2 (The Straits Instances/ANN): The police are investigating the chief priest of Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, the Sri Mariamman Temple, for an incident involving prison breach of belief.
In an announcement launched on Saturday night time (Aug 1), the temple stated a police report was lodged concerning gold ornaments that went lacking within the custody of its chief priest Mr Sivashri Kandasamy Senapathi.
In response to queries from The Straits Instances, the police confirmed the report, and stated a 36-year-old man was arrested for prison breach of belief (CBT) as a servant.
Police investigations are ongoing.
The person is at present out on bail.
Gold ornaments that are steadily used for prayers are saved within the custody of the chief priest within the inside sanctum of the temple, and common audits are performed to make sure that the ornaments are bodily accounted for, stated the temple within the assertion.
“Over the last audit, it was found (that) some gold ornaments had been lacking. The chief priest was questioned, and he subsequently returned all lacking gold ornaments,” stated the temple.
It added that additional checks by the temple committee confirmed that every one gold ornaments had been totally accounted for and no different individual was concerned within the incident.
“Because it appeared that an offence (had) been dedicated, a police report was lodged however the truth that the temple suffered no loss,” stated the assertion.
When contacted, a temple spokesman confirmed the identify of the chief priest, however stated it was unable to offer extra particulars of the case, such because the dates of the incident and the report, and additional particulars of the offence, as investigations had been ongoing.
The Straits Instances understands the incident occurred on July 29.
The temple committee has saved the Hindu Endowments Board knowledgeable of this matter and is working to have closure on this matter, added the assertion.
The Sri Mariamman Temple was constructed round 1827 and is without doubt one of the major temples for Hindu worshippers in Singapore.
Earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic, it was additionally a preferred vacationer spot in Chinatown and can also be house to the annual firewalking pageant.
The offence of prison breach of belief occurs when an individual dishonestly misappropriates, takes, makes use of or disposes of any property which he has management over. – The Straits Instances/Asian Information Community