By our community reporter
Melbourne: In the April 2013 issue of the SAT we did a story ‘Immigration raid at temple in Carrum Downs…’ On Friday 5 April, 2013 immigration officials had visited the Sri Shiva Vishnu temple, Carrum Downs and interviewed a person there. Subsequently, we saw a denial by the Immigration Department published in the Casey Weekly “that it raided a Hindu temple in Carrum Downs…” but the same news report says, “The alleged raid on April 5 was reported in the South Asia Times. A spokesman of the department, Steve Pivetta, said there was no raid but departmental officers visited the temple as part of an ongoing investigation”. Well, this proves the SAT report correct and reveals that an immigration department is probing some issues in the temple.
Later, the Hindu Society of Victoria (HSV) sent a letter to all its members refuting the SAT report in the April 2013 issue but officially a copy was never sent to SAT and hence was not published by SAT. SAT came across the said letter by HSV at ‘Noelnadesan’s Blog’ (https://noelnadesan.com/2013/05/08/reply-to-south-asian-times-by-hsv/) titled ‘Reply to South Asia Times by HSV’.
At a recent meeting of the temple’s trust board, according to a reliable source, Mr. Thanikasalam, a former President of HSV and a member of the trust was asked to quit the trust board and he did so. The reasons for this action are unknown to SAT. The issue of having an external audit is also hanging on fire despite the trust and the temple committee having consented to it.
Much more has, meanwhile, happened in the temple and SAT has information of insiders being ripped off of huge sums of money by powerful and influential people. The alleged victims are silent as they fear losing their livelihood. Another development has been that a person who had breached his priest visa and was working as a cook in the cultural centre kitchen has gone back to Sri Lanka after pressure from the Immigration Department.
– SAT News Service