Controversial Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) official P Seshadri, better known as ‘Dollar’ Seshadri, got a breather for another two years so that he can be at the ‘service’ of Lord Venkateswara and the VIP pilgrims at the hill shrine. The TTD executive board, which met on Monday, however, said that Seshadri, who was embroiled in the missing gold dollars scam which rocked the temple, would not be given another extension.
Sources said that TTD management decided on the current extension as it felt that the temple could use Seshadri’s vast experience of 40 years as ‘par pathedar’ (one who advises and monitors the conduct of festivals, celebrations and pujas). Sources said executive officer LV Subrahmanyam was keen on giving Seshadri an extension.
Previously, `Dollar’ Seshadri got a breather after the Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the orders of Andhra Pradesh High Court dismissing the extension of his services as officer on special duty (OSD) up to June 2011 in Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).