Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday ordered a judicial probe into the disappearance of the keys of the 12-century Jagannath Temple's treasury, an official statement said.
Patnaik, after discussions with Law Minister Pratap Jena and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief P K Jena, asserted that a judicial commission would be entrusted with the responsibility of looking into the matter, the statement issued by the chief minister's office said.
"The inquiry will be conducted by a retired Orissa High Court judge with a focus on the circumstances that led to the disappearance of Ratna Bhandar (temple treasury) keys." it said.
As Lord Jagannath's annual Rath Yatra is scheduled to be held on July 14, the one-man inquiry commission will submit its report after the festival, it added.
At a meeting of the Sri Jagannath Temple Managing Committee on April 4, it was recorded for the first time that the keys of the inner chambers of the Ratna Bhandar had gone missing, Ramchandra Das Mahapatra, a member of the committee, said yesterday.
The matter came up for discussion again during a committee meeting last week, he had said, adding that it was noted that neither the temple administration nor the Puri district treasury has the key to the inner chambers of the treasury.
As per norms, a panel is formed each time before opening the Ratna Bhandar. The members of the panel ...