Bhubaneswar, July 15 (LocalWire): The judicial commission of inquiry, which probed into the missing keys of ratna bhandara or treasury of Puri Jagannath temple, has furnished its findings and the state government is examining its reports for further course of action, Dibya Shankar Mishra, minister of state, Home, told the Assembly today.
The Naveen Patnaik government had ordered a judicial inquiry into the non-availability of keys to the ratna bhandar on June 5 last year.
Replying to a query by senior Congress MLA, Narasingha Mishra, the minister informed the House that the government spent Rs 22 lakh towards expenditure of the inquiry commission.
The state government had earlier accorded conditional clearance for the opening up of the treasury for the restoration of its structural stability.
However, a major controversy had arisen when the then Puri District Collector Arvind Agarwal found in a temple management committee meeting that there was no official information confirming the availability of the treasury’s keys.
A 16-member team that had entered the treasury on 4 April last year for a scrutiny of its physical condition, in line with the high court order, had to inspect its inner chambers from outside an iron grill with search lights as the keys were missing.
Priceless gems, gold jewellery, pearls and rare diamonds apart from silver and other decorative items of the temple’s three presiding deities – Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra – are treasured in the ratna bhandar which are donated by devotees as token of reverence to Lord Jagannath.