OOA land grab: SC seeks complete info

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Odisha government to produce complete information and records over alleged encroachment of government land by the Odisha Olympic Association. The apex court posted the next hearing for December 2.

The judiciary committee, led by the Cuttack district judge, had submitted a detailed report on the issue to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope on September 30.

The apex court on May 7 this year had directed the Orissa High Court to form a three-member panel of judges headed by the district judge with two more additional judges nominated by the acting Chief Justice of Odisha High Court to probe into alleged encroachment of government land by the OOA on which the Barabati Palace and 23 shops have been erected.

The court had also directed the Odisha Accountant General (AG) to submit a report on the financial transactions of Barabati Palace and other business establishments built on the encroached land.

It may be mentioned that the Odisha High Court, in November last year, had earlier directed the Cuttack district administration to take possession of Barabati Palace and the other business establishments and asked the Crime Branch to probe into the modus operandi of OOA.

However, challenging the High Court order, OOA had later moved the Supreme Court.

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