Moodbidri, Apr 27: A court in Salem, Tamil Nadu, has sentenced Santhosh Das to 10 years in jail for stealing precious idols from the Jain Kashi Siddhantha Mandira, Moodbidri.
On July 6, 2013, the accused stole 15 gold and diamond-studded idols from the shrine in Moodbidri. The idols belonged to the 10th century and were worth crores of rupees. There are nearly 52 priceless antique idols in the shrine all of which were placed in a glass enclosure inside a room called Siddhanta Mandira. Many of the idols in the shrine were that of Jain Tirthankaras.