Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 11:
During the course of the ongoing investigation into the discretionary quota (DQ) scam in Odisha, Vigilance sleuths have stumbled upon a false affidavit filed by the wife of BJD MLA Pravat Biswal to avail government land under the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA) in Cuttack.
Vigilance sources said the Choudwar-Cuttack MLA was allotted a plot (E-88) in the CDA Sector-VIII in Cuttack while his wife Laxmi Bilasini Biswal was allotted another plot (E-89) by the side of the plot of her husband.
As per rules under DQ, the state government will consider allotment of land to a person only if he/she and the family have no land in the same city.
It is obvious that there has been gross violation of rules in this case.
As per records, the CDA secretary had written a letter to Laxmi Bilasini on the address Mahanadi Vihar, Plot No- LP-69 on March 12, 1996 informing the decision of the CDA to allot her a plot measuring 1100 sq ft in the CDA Sector-VIII.
The letter had asked her to fill up the application form and submit the affidavit with a cash of Rs 41,070 for allotment of land under DQ.
On receipt of the letter, Laxmi Bilasini filed an affidavit in the office of the executive magistrate on August 13, 1996 wherein she had stated that she has a son and Pravat Biswal as her husband. She had also stated neither she nor her family owns any land in Cuttack Municipality area and she has\d not sold and land to any person. She had put her annual income at Rs 24,000.
Acting on the affidavit, the CDA authorities allotted the land to her.
On the contrary, the affidavit, filed by Pravat Biswal four months before on April 12, 1996, had stated that he is a bachelor and has no children.
The State Vigilance, while going through the two separate affidavits filed by Pravat Biswal and his wife has found contradictory statements.
Now the question is which one of the affidavits is true.
Sources said the Vigilance sleuths are investigating whether the annual income of Pravat and his wife was Rs 6000 and Rs 2000 respectively in 1996; was the couple staying at a rented house at Mahanadi Vihar and whether they had any plot in their name under the Cuttack Municipality at the time of filing the affidavits.