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Ratna Bhandar ‘Missing Key’ PIL In Orissa High Court Seeking CBI Probe

**Cuttack: ** Even though Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already ordered for a judicial probe and has also appointed retired High Court judge Justice Raghubir Dash as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the controversial ‘missing of keys’ of Puri Srimandir Ratna Bhandar, a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) was also filed on Wednesday in the Orissa High Court pleading for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The petitioner through the PIL has made the CBI, Odisha Government, Centre and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) parties.

Senior High Court advocate Ashok Mohapatra informed media, “Dilip Kumar Mohapatra, who has earlier filed PIL for Konark, Keonjhar mines and also is involved in various social organizations as an able social activist, today filed this PIL.”

“It has been pleaded that months ago a committee was deputed by the High Court for inspection of the Ratna Bhandar. It was then claimed by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) that all is well with Ratna Bhandar. Now comes the news that the keys are missing. It implies that Ratna Bhandar was not at all opened on that day. It was completely a fictitious statement given by the SJTA. That’s why the petitioner filed this PIL today pleading for a CBI enquiry into the whole matter,” Advocate Mohapatra stated.

He added, “Lord Jagannath owns lots of moveable and immoveable properties. The landed property amounts to 60, 410 acres and the approximate value will over Rs 10,000 crore. The landed property has been encroached by some persons, temple administration and some government officials. Also the property includes mines and that too suffer from illegal mining operation.”

“Valuation of the treasure trove in the Ratna Bhandar is yet to be done even though over 30 years have passed. As per media reports, the last valuation was done in 1985. Hence, our petitioner through his PIL has appealed the High Court for a CBI probe, action against the official responsible and involved in the illegal activities. They should all be prosecuted. Also it has been appealed that the High Court should monitor the whole enquiry process. A committee should be constituted by the High Court and a comparison to be made between the previous inventory and the latest one,” the petitioner in his PIL has appealed.

Advocate Mohapatra also informed, “Ten parties have been made parties in it. They are mainly State Government’s Chief Secretary, Law Secretary, Collector Puri-cum-vice chairman Temple Administration, Temple Chief Administrator, SP, Puri, Government of India’s Culture Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”

**Also Read:** [Ratna Bhandar ‘Missing’ Keys: Justice Raghubir Dash Appointed Commission Of Inquiry Chairman](https://www.ommcomnews.com/public/ratna-bhandar-missing-keys-justice-raghubir-dash-appointed-commission-of-inquiry-chairman)

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