BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha Lokayukta has issued notices to the State Chief Secretary and Director of Property in reference to an alleged encroachment of 12 acres of prime land by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Coaching (KIIT) based by Biju Janata Dal MP Achyut Samant.
The Lokayukta issued the discover on a petition filed by Pradip Pradhan, a Proper To Info (RTI) activist, who alleged that the 12 acres value ₹250 crore had been taken over by the institute in an unholy nexus with the Basic Administration (GA) Division of the State authorities.
“Previously six years, I’ve been submitting RTI purposes to Division of Basic Administration to entry the details about the parcel of land leased out to KIIT. The division has been avoiding offering info. Nonetheless, following intervention by Odisha Info Fee, the GA Division supplied the knowledge,” mentioned Mr. Pradhan in his petition.
“Having seen KIIT promoted by Mr. Samant buying such large land, the GA Division had filed a case below the Odisha Public Premises (Eviction of unauthorised occupants) Act, 1972, in 2012 and ordered eviction. However, no motion has been taken to carry the land again to authorities report and no authorized motion has been initiated,” he alleged.
Mr. Pradhan levelled grave fees and mentioned, “Although officers in GA Division had been conscious concerning the encroachment, they haven’t taken any motion as a consequence of Mr. Samant’s shut proximity with officers of the Chief Minister.”
Earlier, the petitioner had additionally filed a grievance with the Chief Minister’s Workplace in search of an inquiry into the ‘unlawful’ and ‘unauthorised’ occupation of presidency land by KIIT. The grievance was forwarded to the GA Division for perusal.
Although the KIIT had utilized for lease in opposition to the land to the GA Division a number of instances, the land parcel had not been leased out to the establishment, he mentioned.
“The land has not been leased out to the institute, however a multi-storeyed constructing has already been constructed there. In addition to, the institute has constructed a boundary wall across the land,” the petitioner charged.
Mr. Pradhan pleaded for the intervention of the Lokayukta for returning the land to authorities data.
In addition to the Chief Secretary and GA Division officers, R.N. Sprint, KIIT secretary, has been served notices and directed to reply to the petition inside six weeks.