Terms of Reference Of Ratna Bhandar Keys Probe Notified

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Bhubaneswar: A notification with regard to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission of Inquiry to probe the missing keys of Ratna Bhandar of Jagannath Temple in Puri was issued on Thursday a day after the Puri district claimed to have recovered a set of missing keys.

Justice Raghubir Das, former judge of the Orissa High Court, will head as the chairman of the commission of inquiry. The state government earlier on June 6 had ordered a judicial probe into the disappearance of the keys of the 12-century Jagannath Temple’s treasury.

A 16-member team that entered the ‘Ratna Bhandar’ on April 4 for a scrutiny of its physical conditions, in line with the high court order, had to inspect its inner chambers from outside an iron grill with search lights as the keys were missing.

The commission, which will submit its report within three months from the date of publication of the notification dated June 8, will probe among other things into non-availability of the keys of the inner chamber of Ratna Bhandar, the role, conduct and accountability of individuals/groups/authorities and any other matter connected with the incident, said officials.

The loss of keys of Jagannath temple’s inner Ratna Bhandar (treasury) had triggered state-wide furore putting the beleaguered state government on back foot. BJP had also launched state wide agitation.

It may be recalled here that the Puri district administration on Wednesday had claimed to have recovered the missing keys. An envelope with “duplicate keys of inner Ratna Bhandar” written on it was found in the record room of Collector’s office yesterday.

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