NEW DELHI, Sept. 23 -- An administrative committee mandated to conduct a special audit of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple will also scrutinise the finances of the temple trust over the 25-year period from 1989-90 to 2013-14 as well, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting the trust's contention that the top court's verdict last year did not cover the trust.

The three-judge bench comprising justices UU Lalit, S Ravindra Bhat and Bela M Trivedi also told the committee headed by the Thiruvananthapuram district judge to complete the audit within three months.

"In the light of developments leading to the passing of judgment dated July 13, 2020, it is quite clear that the audit contemplated by said direction was not intended to be confi...