The controversial pre-wedding photo shoot inside the Mysuru Palace seems to be reaching a logical conclusion as a departmental enquiry and suspension has been ordered against Mysore Palace Board Deputy Director T S Subramanya for dereliction of duty and misconduct.
The decision has been taken on 17-06-2016 at a high level meeting of the State Chief Secretary Aravind Jadhav who is also the President of the Mysuru Palace Board and Mysuru Deputy Commissioner C Shikha who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Mysuru Palace Board.
The meeting took place in Bengaluru and City Today has the copy of the proceedings signed by Chief Secretary Aravind Jadhav and Mysuru Deputy Commissioner C Shikha.
According to highly placed sources in the government, the suspension order – though not issued yet on the Palace Board Deputy Director T S Subramanya — would be issued soon after the wedding ceremonies of Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Trishika Kumari. The main wedding ceremony will take place on Monday, June 27.
The meeting proceedings mention that the photo shoot (of Aditya with his fiancée Navyatha shot by Hyderabad-based photographer Venkataramana) inside the palace was permitted by Subramanya in violation of the rules and regulations. The explanation given by the officer regarding the photo shoot was not convincing, the meeting observed.
Examining the photo shoot clippings and the videos shot both inside and outside the Mysuru Palace, the meeting observed that the photos and videos could not have been taken in a hurry and elaborate planning would require for the shoot. The officers felt that professional photographers were hired for the job and it was for commercial purposes.
A minimum of 2 to 3 hours would be required for the photo shoot and the bride and the bridegroom had changed different dresses for the same, the meeting observed. The Palace Board President and the Chief Executive Officer have taken into consideration the statements given by the Palace Security Police Inspector and Head Constable recorded on 04-06-2016 that the permission for the photo shoot came from the office of the Deputy Director.
The meeting observed that carrying out day-to-day administration of the palace was the responsibility of the Deputy Director and his role was clear in allowing the photo shoot. A police probe headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police was underway and it was necessary to safeguard documents, CCTV recordings and other evidence for the investigation. The officers felt that the immediate suspension of T S Subramanya was required for the police to carry out impartial investigation.