Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 3:
Odisha High Court today admitted a PIL alleging that Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) has subleased a part of its leased land to Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) in violation of the lease deed.
A division bench of the High Court comprising of Justices Indrajit Mohanty and S C Parija issued notices to seven out of 10 respondents, including three secretaries of the state government and both the sporting bodies while admitting a PIL filed by a former council member of OCA Braja Nanda.
Alleging that OOA secretary Asirbad Behera who is also the OCA secretaries has engaged himself in several “nefarious” activities by subleasing a portion of OOA land to OCA, thereby changing the nature and purpose of the land leased out to OOA by Odisha the government, the petitioner demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Nanda in his petition said the OOA was leased out an area of 20.808 acres of land by the state government in September 1949 to build a stadium on it for developing sporting activities in the state.
Further, the state government leased out another adjacent area measuring 2.703 acres to the apex sporting body of the state to build an indoor stadium.
The petitioner alleged that in August 2001 when Behera was the honorary secretary of both the sporting bodies, OOA executed an agreement subleasing the stadium galleries and its surrounding areas to OCA and it constructed several permanent structures illegally on the subleased area, including the OCA club with a liquor shop and bar.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court of India is currently adjudicating over a plea pertaining to encroachment of government land by OOA.