Moodbidri, Aug 19: Jain seer Swasthishree Bhattaraka Charukeerthi Pandithacharyavarya Swamiji is seeking CBI probe into the case of burglary of the Siddantha Darshana Mandir of Moodbidri as he has strongly hinted as the possible of political foul play in the same.
The seer also feels that a thorough probe may be possible if the Chattisgarh government cooperates.
Sources also revealed that the prime accused Santosh Das and the Chattisgarh jeweler Rajaji Santhathi were close to each other though the former had during interrogations said the two did not know each other well.
The prime accused Das had said that seven idols had been purchased by Rajaji and Ashok Baredi.
It is said that the statues are in possession of Mr Baredi, who is now trying to evade investigation citing health reasons.
It may be recalled that a total of 16 Jain idols worth crores of rupees, made of gold, pearls, precious stones and diamond, were stolen on the night of July 5 from Siddantha Mandir in Moodbidri, locally known as Jain Kashi.
The stolen idols belong to the third century BC. The kings and chieftains accompanied by Jain seers from North India had brought them to Moodbidri and donated it to the Gurupeeta here, when Chandragupta Maurya’s kingdom was facing severe drought.