New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up the Kerala government for failing to comply with its directions to ensure foolproof security cover to protect assets worth crores of rupees belonging to the famed Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

"We do not want your comprehensive reports or affidavits. We want compliance of our orders. We had given you three months time, but you have not done anything. It is very unfair on your part," a bench of Justices R M Lodha and A K Patanaik observed.

The Apex Court noted that despite its September 22, 2011 direction, neither the state nor the temple management took steps for ensuring adequate security or provides accommodation to the committee constituted by it for valuing the assets, which according to media reports is estimated to be Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

When the state's standing counsel tried to make her submission, the bench curtly told her, "State of Kerala has not done anything. No excuses! There has to be compliance."

The bench however, acceded to Kerala's request for appointment of M V Nair as coordinator of the expert committee constituted by the apex court to evaluate the wealth discovered in the vaults of the temple in place of Anand Bose (IAS) who has superannuated.

On September 22, the court had said that the vault 'B' of the temple will be opened only after substantial work regarding documentation and preservation of assets unearthed from other 'kalaras' (vaults) of the shrine is completed.

The court had on July 21 appointed a five-member expert committee to supervise the unearthing and preservation of assets of the temple in Thiruvananthapuram and also a three-member committee to oversee the work of unearthing of the temple's assets.

The overseeing committee comprises retired Kerala High Court Judge M N Krishnan, erstwhile Prince of Travancore Marthanda Varma and a government representative of the rank of secretary.

In its earlier direction, the apex court had said that vault 'B' of the temple will be opened only after substantial work regarding documentation and preservation of assets unearthed from other 'kalaras' of the shrine is completed.

The court had directed that the management of the temple would provide an amount of Rs 25 lakh per year for preservation of assets and security of the temple and the rest of the amount needed would be borne by the state government.

The court said that no tender should be floated for private players for giving contract for preservation work of the assets and said that it has to be done by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited.

It had said that tradition and customs would be protected as far as possible in providing security to the temple.

The Apex Court had passed the orders on an application filed by Marthanda Varma and his family members challenging a Kerala High Court ruling of January 31 last year, ordering a takeover of the assets and management of the shrine by the state.

(Agencies)