Andhra Pradesh: Movie songs played on LED screens atop the Tirumala Temple; suspended staff
Worshipers were left in shock after a film song was played at the hilltop shrine on Friday. Meanwhile, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), has suspended a Level 1 Assistant Technician, holding him responsible for broadcasting three other channels on five LED screens at Tirumala Temple.
Controversy erupted when devotees found movie songs playing on LED screens atop the Tirumala temple. (Photo: Representative)
Shortly after a movie song was played at the hill shrine on Friday, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), suspended a Level 1 Assistant Technician, P Ravi Kumar, holding him responsible for broadcasting three other channels on five LED screens at Tirumala Temple.
While Ravi Kumar’s suspension orders were issued on Sunday, a show cause notice was also issued to AVV Krishna Prasad, Assistant Engineer of TTD’s Radio & Broadcasting Wing.
Controversy erupted when worshipers found songs from movies playing on LED screens on Friday atop the Tirumala temple, one of the richest Hindu shrines, which adheres to strict standards and regulations.
TTD EO Dr KS Jawahar Reddy reacted strongly to the incident and ordered CVSO Sri Narasimha Kishore to investigate and submit a report immediately.
In this regard, vigilance officials inspected the footage from the Asthana Mandapam control room and command control room, as well as the DC cameras of PAC-4 and other relevant TTD employees.
It was discovered that assistant technician Ravi Kumar and his friend Gopikrishna entered the control room of the TV section of the radio and broadcast wing when all the staff left. Gopikrishna remained alone in the control room until 5:28 p.m. when the incident occurred.
Subsequently, suspension orders were imposed on Ravi Kumar and a show cause notice was issued to AVV Assistant Engineer Krishna Prasad.
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