Missing Ratna Bhandar Key: Probe Commission Submits Final Report To Odisha Government

**Cuttack: ** The Justice Raghubir Das Commission of Inquiry, constituted to probe the disappearance of the keys of Ratna Bhandar, treasure trove of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, submitted its final report on Friday.

Secretary to the Commission, KN Panigrahi informed that the commission had received 10 affidavits during the course of investigation, out of which five affidavits were of importance as they mentioned about the incident in detail.

The State Government had instituted the judicial inquiry after the missing key controversy snowballed. An expert team which had entered the Ratna Bhandar for inspection on April 4, 2018, on order of Orissa High Court had failed to enter its inner chamber due to non-availability of the key.

The incident came to light on June 1, 2018, after which the State Government appointed retired high court judge Justice Raghubir Das on June 6, 2018, as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry to probe into the circumstances leading to non-availability of the keys of Ratna Bhandar.

The commission on June 26, 2018, had invited information, grievances and suggestions on the issue in form of affidavits. During course of time, 10 affidavits were received by the Commission of Inquiry.

Affidavits were received from SJTA Chief Administrator P K Mohapatra, the then Puri collector Aravind Agrawal, present Puri collector Jyoti Prakash Das, Chief Administrator (Rituals) Pradeep Kumar Das, Puri Treasury Officer Rama Ranjan Das, Law department secretary Sashikanta Mishra, two pandits of Mukti Mandap and two lawyers.

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