Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday alleged that The copper plate inscriptions on Sabarimala in possession of now arrested antique dealer Monson Mavunkal are not original, it is fake,
The Chief Minister informed this in the Assembly on Monday while replying to a question by Opposition Leader VD Satheesan. "It is almost certain that the inscriptions pertaining to the rituals and customs are fake. The government has never claimed it to be original," the chief minister said. He went on to say, "The state government had never claimed anything about the authenticity of the copper plate inscription on Sabarimala. A probe on this is presently on and so far none have expressed any doubts about the probe."
Ever since Mavunkal was arrested in September by the Crime Branch Police, news reports came to light about the authenticity of a copper plate inscription on Sabarimala in his possession. Things took a turn when the Pandalam royal family, trustees of the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, sought an investigation into the authenticity of it in his possession. The president of the Pandalam palace managing committee P.G. Sasikumar Varma demanded a verification of the copper plate with the help of the Archaeological Survey of India after unverified claims relating to Lord Ayyappa surfaced, which they had earlier ignored.