Ratna Bhandar keys row: Case filed against Puri collector

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Puri: Amid a bitter controversy over Ratna Bhandar keys which has surcharged the political atmosphere in the state and triggered resentment among devotees, a case was filed against Puri collector Arvind Agarwal in the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) here on Monday.

RTI activist Chinmaya Dash, a resident of Markandeswar Sahi in Puri, has filed the case and accused Agarwal of dereliction of duty and giving confusing statements on the Ratna Bhandar keys.

Agarwal drew flak from several quarters and had to face several questions after he informed that the duplicate keys of Ratna Bhandar were found in a sealed envelope kept in a locker of the district record room.

The SDJM court has reportedly admitted Dash’s petition and posted the hearing to June 25.

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