Fake trust collecting donations in name of Kollur Mookambika temple, alleges Bengaluru resident

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BENGALURU: A fake trust has has been set up in the name of Kollur Mookambika temple and fake links are being circulated to devotees through social media to cheat them. Two residents of Bengaluru have now approached the police seeking action against fake trust.

Kollur Mookambika devotees Raghavendra and Dhananjay have approached Kolluru police station and lodged a complaint demanding action against the founder of the fake trust. As per the complaint, devotees are donating to the temple through a fake link. They found that there is no connection between that link being circulated and the temple after they sent an e-mail to the temple administration, they claimed.

The complainant, Raghavendra, said that the fake trust is registered in Ernakulam, Kerala. “Those who created the trust don’t even know that the Kollur temple comes under the Hindu Religious Institutions & Charitable Endowments Department of Karnataka. Devotees are being cheated by misusing the name of the temple. It is surprising that the management of the temple did not notice the fake trust. The name of the current priest Subrahmanya Adiga is on the deed”, he said.

“It is likely that the fake trust had received more than Rs 50 crore in donations. Hence, an investigation is necessary, especially since devotees are being cheated since 2022. I doubt that the temple authority know about fake trust, but are not taking any action. There is misappropriation of crores of rupees by the fake trust. Therefore, the Muzrai Department should investigate this case properly”,  he said.

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