Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu was served tea that had crossed its expiry date during her visit to a centre for differently abled children in Sector V of Bokaro steel city on Sunday. But an alert team of doctors accompanying her saved the day by detecting the gaffe on time. The governor was on a daylong trip to Bokaro during which she visited three educational institutes – Asha Lata Kendra, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Chas, and Prajapati Brahma Kumaris Iswariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.
At Asha Lata Kendra, she expressed her desire to have herbal tea. A leading restaurant of Bokaro, in-charge of catering there, served her green tea from a packet that mentioned the packaging date as August 22, 2015. Dr Sanjay Kumar, who was leading the team of doctors that saw the date and raised an alarm, said the tea could be used within 15 months. But as per the packaging date, the teabags were 17 months old. Bokaro DC R.M. Ray, who was present at the spot, asked for replacement of the tea. He also ordered a probe.
A separate inquiry is being carried out by the special branch of Jharkhand police, which will submit its report to the state government tomorrow, said an official.