Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 17:
The Odisha High Court has served a notice on the Odisha government in a case pertaining to the demand for a CBI inquiry into the alleged illegal allocation of land belonging to Lord Lingaraj and the corruption involved in the deal.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Dr AK Rath, while hearing the case filed by Sukant Rout in the matter on Friday, served a notice to the state government seeking a reply on it.
Rout in his petition has alleged that 464.47 acres of land, belonging to Lord Lingaraj in Bhubaneswar, have been leased out at throwaway prices and that no action has been taken by the General Administration department despite being aware that large scale irregularities have been committed in the transaction.
The petitioner has also alleged that the General Administration department has leased out these plots of land, worth crores of rupees at a fraction of its market price without even formulating a clear policy in the matter.
In the process several influential persons, politicians and members of the bureaucracy have grabbed valuable landed property, the petitioner alleged.
Rout has cited that the CAG has already given an extensive report on the large-scale corruption in the allocation of the land belonging to Lord Lingaraj to beneficiaries.
In view of these irregularities the petitioner has prayed for an inquiry by the CBI in the matter.