CAG smells Rs.4,000-cr land scam in Orissa
The CAG has found out that the government and the ministers have allotted plots and houses from their discretionary quota to several politicians, senior bureaucrats, judges, and journalists during the last 20 years. It has stated that there is no policy in exercising the allotments from the discretionary quota. What is worse, it has pointed 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
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