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out, some of the senior politicians, senior bureaucrats, journalists have cornered two and three plots and houses filing false affidavits.
Even as the land scam exposes the unholy nexus among the politicians, bureaucrats, judges and journalists, the CAG initially found it difficult to access the land records of the GA department, the BDA and the CDA due to stiff resistance from the concerned authorities. Particularly, the BDA was resisting the demand for production of the records. The GA department was reticent about producing records pertaining to land allotted to corporate houses like Jindal Steel & Power, Monnet Ispat & Energy, Bhusan Steel, Rungta Mines, JITPL, Action Ispat & Power, Easter Steel & Power, Brahmani River Pellet, Essar Steel, Adhunik Metalics, besides hotel Ashirbad, Hotel Soumya, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Sibananda Public School, and Saraswati Sisumandir. Similarly, the BDA was reluctant to give records pertaining to several highrise buildings and apartments besides several individuals.
Such was the situation that the Orissa accountant general Amar Patnaik had to seek intervention of his seniors in Delhi to obtain the records. The additional deputy comproller & auditor general Revathy Iyer wrote to chief minister Naveen Patnaik on October 15, 2012, seeking the government’s cooperation in the audit. It was following the intervention of Patnaik that the records were made available to the CAG’s auditors for verifications, said a government official.
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* CAG has suggested the land and houses allotted to individuals and organisations is in violation of the laws and be cancelled immediately
* The draft report is based on the audit conducted on land allotment by general administration dept and other development authorities
* Prime land in Bhubaneswar was allotted to organisations, including hotels, educational institutions, NGOs and corporate houses
The general administration department had allotted land to corporate houses like Jindal Steel & Power, Monnet Ispat & Energy, Bhusan Steel, Rungta Mines, JITPL, Action Ispat & Power, Easter Steel & Power, Brahmani River Pellet, Essar Steel, and Adhunik Metalics