Emar Mutt seer suspended

Puri: Following the arrest of the controversial Emar Mutt mahant (seer) along with eight others on charges of theft, Rajgopal Ramanuj Das, mahant, Emar Mutt has been suspended and discharged of duties.

Accused of misappropriating the mutt`s property, especially silver bricks to the tune of crores of rupees, the mahant has been allegedly party to the misappropriation as the unlawful act was conducted with his knowledge and consent.

Meanwhile, a new committee has been formed under section 7 of Orissa Hindu Religious Endowments Act to take charge of the daily functioning of the ancient Emar Mutt.  As per the Act, now the committee members can select the new president.