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Puri Jagannath temple chief administrator replaced amid missing keys controversy

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The today replaced of the Shree Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradeep Kumar Jena with P K Mohapatra, barely a month before the annual Rath Yatra, an said.

The change of in the administration of the 12th century shrine comes in the midst of a state-wide outcry over the missing keys of the inner chamber of the Ratna Bhandar of the Temple in

Mohapatra, an who is in the school and mass education department, has been given additional charge of SJTA, an in the Chief Minister's office said.

Jena, also an IAS officer, had been the of the SJTA for over two years.

has been entrusted with the additional responsibility ahead of the annual of lord scheduled to be held on July 14.

Earlier in the day, Jena held a meeting of the servitors in connection with the Supreme Court's ruling to prevent exploitation of devotees by staff at the temple.

The servitors of the shrine may file an application before the if they have anything to say regarding the Supreme Court's directions on June 8 to the temple management, Jena said after the meeting.

In its order, the apex court asked the to file an interim report by June 30 on the factual aspects such as difficulties faced by the devotees, exploitative practices and deficiencies in the management, if any.

Ambuj Mohan Das, and SP Sarthak Sadangi also attended the meeting.

"Though the servitors knew about the SC direction, today we in presence of the district judge officially informed them details of the order," Jena said.

"We have also requested the servitors to abide by the Supreme Court's directives and asked them to cooperate with the administration," he said.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 23:10 IST