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BJP questions SJTA decision to deposit gold in bank locker

Press Trust of India  |  Cuttack(Odisha) 

The opposition BJP today questioned the decision of the Shree temple Administration (SJTA) in depositing gold ornaments received by the temple as gifts in a locker.

On Friday (June 8) the SJTA had deposited a part of gold ornaments received by the temple as gifts in a locker of a bank, (PRO) Laxmi Puja Panda said today.

BJP state Spokesman, alleged that the decision of the SJTA in depositing the gold ornaments in a locker was "in violation" of the Shree Temple Rules of 1960.

Acharya claimed that the SJTA Rules mentions that all jewelleries received as gifts or donations shall be kept separately inside the Ratna Bhandar (Lords Treasury) under the supervision of the

"The decision to keep a part of the gifted ornaments in a locker and not in the Ratna Bhandar within hours of an interim order passed by the Supreme Court, pointed finger towards the trustworthiness of the and the state government," he alleged.

On June 8, taking serious note of alleged exploitation of devotees by 'sevaks' at the Puri temple in Odisha, the had passed a slew of directions to prevent any such malpractices and mismanagement.

A vacation bench of justices and had passed several directions.

Acharya said "It is also equally surprising that the has not yet uttered a single word in public even as the temple administration was aware that the Ratna Bhandar key is not traceable for over two months."

He alleged that the judicial inquiry ordered by the to locate the lost keys of the Ratna Bhanar is nothing but an "eyewash" to divert public attention from the issue.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 20:45 IST