Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 21:
The Odisha Soochana Adhikar Abhijan, a forum of RTI activists in the state submitted a memorandum to Governor SC Jamir demanding the seizure of the passport of former Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Tarun Kanti Mishra and initiate an enquiry into his illegal land grabbing and irregularities with respect to land allotment under discretionary quota during his tenure as Chief Secretary.
“Since Tarun Kanti Mishra is planning to leave the country following his resignation, it is desirable to seize his passport and start enquiry into his land scam,” wrote the activists in their memornadum to the Governor.
It may be noted that Mishra had submitted his resignation to the Governor of Odisha in the first week of January 2015 and the Governor had accepted the resignation. He had also asked him to continue up to March 4, 2015.
Mishra, in a recent interview to an electronics media, had expressed his desire to visit USA to stay there.
“As per Report of CAG on General and Social Sector (Volume-2), huge irregularities and illegalities and undue benefit in respect of allotment of land has taken place during 2009 and 2010 when Tarun Kanti Mishra was Chief Secretary. CAG has already exposed corruption and irregularities in respect of discretionary allotment of multiple plots and acres of valuable plot at throw away price,” the memorandum said.
“So, Tarun Kanti Mishra during his tenure as special secretary of GA Dept and Chief Secretary, Odisha has committed a series of illegalities and adopted corrupt practice to take multiple plots in name of his wife Sunanda Mishra and facilitated to allot precious land to private companies, hotels, private educational institutions at throwaway price,” it added..
Pointing out that the report of the Task Force led by Dr. Taradatt presented to the government on November 4, 201, has recommended preparation of a list of multiple allotment of lands by GA department from 1995 to 2014 and take against the people who have taken multiple plots by filling false affidavit, the Abhijan said the government, in its Action Taken Report (ATR), has mentioned that the State Vigilance would enquire into the matter. Now the state vigilatance have already started enquiry and Tarun Kanti Mishra is under scanner, it added.
“So, in order to save Tarun Kanti Mishra from vigilance investigation and interrogation, a secret deal has been hatched between state government and Mishra to allow him to leave the country. Keeping it in view, we humbly appeal you to direct the appropriate Authority to seize the passport of Tarun Kanti Mishra and conduct enquiry into illegal occupation of multiple plots by him,” read the memorandum.
In another meornadum, the Abhijan has also appealed to Governor to direct the state government to adopt a transparent procedure for selection of Information Commissioner in Odisha.