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Ratna Bhandar ‘Missing Key’ Probe Order: Odisha Govt Issues Gazette Notification Of Judicial Inquiry


14 June 2018

Ajesh Mallick


Bhubaneswar: While Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had much earlier ordered for a judicial probe into the controversial Ratna Bhandar ‘missing key’ case and Orissa High Court retired judge Justice Raghubir Dash has also already been appointed to enquire into it and submit report within three months of the publication of notification, the State Government on Thursday (June 14) formally issued the “Gazette Notification No 1449/C, Bhubaneswar, dated the 8th June, 2018”.

The Notification of Home (Special Section) Department mentions:

“Whereas it has come to the notice of the State Government that the key(s) of the Inner Chamber of the "Ratna Bhandar" of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri are not traceable;

And whereas the State Government are deeply concerned about the issue and are of the opinion that, this being a matter of public importance, should be inquired into by a Commission of Inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.”

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 read with sub-section (1) of Section 5 of the said Act, the State Government do hereby appoint a Commission of Inquiry consisting of Hon'ble Shri Justice Raghubir Dash, a retired Judge of Orissa High Court, to enquire into and report in respect of the following matters, within three months from the date of publication of this Notification in the Odisha Gazette, namely:

i) Examination of the sequence of events and circumstances leading to the reported non-availability of the key(s) of the Inner Chamber of the "Ratna Bhandar" of Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri.

ii) The role, conduct and accountability of individuals/groups/authorities for the reported non-availability of the key(s).

iii) Any other matter connected with or incidental thereto as the Commission may consider appropriate including measures to be taken to avoid recurrence of such event in future.”

The Notification issued by order of the Governor and signed by Asit Tripathy, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Odisha also states, “The Headquarters of the Commission shall be at Bhubaneswar. However, the Commission may hold the inquiry at Puri or any other place as may be considered necessary for the purpose.”

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