Pradipta Mohapatra appointed Jagannath Temple Administration chief

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday appointed senior bureaucrat Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra as the Chief Administrator of Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).

Mohapatra replaces Pradip Jena who was appointed as SJTA chief in April 2017.

The government appointed Mohapatra amid growing controversy over the missing keys of Jagannath Temple.

Mohapatra, currently the School & Mass Education department secretary, will hold the additional charge of SJTA Chief Administrator.

In the capacity of the Central Division RDC, Mohapatra had a two-year stint as the SJTA Chief from April 27, 2010, to May 13, 2012.