Missing Ratna Bhandar Key: SC asks to form a Committee under District Judge

KalingaTV News Network

New Delhi: In a major development, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Puri District Court to form a committee under District Judge to look into the matter of missing keys of the Ratna Bhandar at Puri’s Jagannath Temple in Odisha.

The Apex court also ordered the district administration and Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) of Puri to cooperate the committee in this regard.

The Supreme Court further asked the Puri District court to submit report on the issue by June 30 and directed Orissa High Court to conduct hearing in this regard.

More than anything else, the Court asked the Puri temple administration to learn how to manage a temple smoothly from Jammu based Vaishno Devi temple and Tirupati based Venkateswara Temple management.

Earlier, a PIL had been filed at Orissa High Court seeking CBI probe into missing Ratna Bhandar keys of the Jagannath Temple in Puri making CBI, Centre and State government as parties.

Meanwhile, the Apex court appointed noted lawyer Gopal Subramanium as Amicus Curiae in the missing Ratna Bhandar Key case. Next hearing in this regard will be on July 5, the Court said.

On June 7, Puri Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb blamed the Jagannath temple administration for the missing keys of Ratna Bhandar.

The Odisha government on June 6 appointed retired Orissa High Court judge Raghubir Dash as the chairman of the inquiry commission constituted to probe the case of missing keys of the Jagannath temple treasury.

The commission will inquire into the circumstances under which the keys of the Ratna Bhandar disappeared.


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