After Uttar Pradesh-based actress Archana Gautam alleged that a TTD employee indecently behaved with her, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam denied the allegation and issued a statement that the actress attacked its employee.
Posting a selfie video on her Twitter account, Archana said she had made the booking for darshan but on arrival, TTD staff refused to give her the ticket and demanded Rs 10,500. She also appealed to the Andhra Pradesh government to stop robbing devotees in the name of the VIP darshan.
However, the TTD gave a clarification on the incident and said that the celeb made false allegations. “She came with a recommendation letter from the Union Minister of State for seven darshan tickets. Accordingly, they were issued the ₹ 300 special darshan tickets for August 31 but they did not avail of it,” the TTD said.
Archana, along with her companion Sivakanth Tiwari, barged into the TTD additional executive officer’s office and indiscriminately abused the staff. She even hit a staff member, the TTD said.
“The staff once again offered her ₹ 300 tickets, but she refused to take them. She then went to the local police station and complained that the TTD staff misbehaved with her,” the TTD added.
The Temple said that the local police inspector established it was Archana’s mistake after viewing a video clip taken by the TTD staff. “We appeal to devotees not to believe in such false propaganda,” the TTD further added.