Bhubaneswar: Senior IAS officer Taradutt against whom moral turpitude case has been brought by his wife, today clarified that that he has been following a moral life style to uphold his clean image. Moreover he also refuted his involvement in land scam charges brought against him.
Clarifying his stand on the alleged moral turpitude charges brought by his wife, Taradatt said “I have maintained morality in my married life. I have no extra marital relationship”, the senior bureaucrat told news men here.
Explaining about the SCW notice, he said “I have deposed before the commission 5-6 times earlier. Last time, I got the notice at around 7 pm on October 13. I was asked to depose in next working days. I have no intention to delay the hearing process”.
Sources said the top bureaucrat had not appeared before the SCW on October 13 while his wife and complainant Indulata Das had deposed her statement on the same day.
Notably, Indulata had levelled moral turpitude charges against her husband at SCW on July 14 this year.
Prior to this, she had filed a case against her husband with the SCW suspecting his extra-marital affair. She had also filed a written complaint with the Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell on December 5 last year alleging mental and physical torture by her husband and sought police security fearing threat to her life.
Moreover, Taradatt has also refuted land scam charges against him.
Giving details to the media, he said he had decided to buy a piece of land in Odisha 22 years ago when he was the joint secretary, state Tribal Welfare department.
“I had bought 0.10 acres of land from one Uchhab Sahu at a cost of Rs 67,055. I had done the sale deed after examining the right and title of the land. I was never involved either with the Revenue department or the General Administration department for the purchase of the land. After receiving the permission from the tehsil office for mutation of the land, I had got the patta of the land in 1993”, Taradatt said.
Notably, Taradatt has been served notice in the case by the court of Member, Board of Revenue.
Sources in the Revenue department said Ucchab Sahu had managed to record the title of this valuable land in his name through manipulation in 1962 with the help of the then tehsildar and other officials. The land, which was under the General Administration (GA) department, was listed under the kissam (category) of Jhadi Jungle (roughly meaning bushy forest). Later, Sahu sold the land in parts to 53 persons at different points of time.
After coming to know abut the notice, the GA department had filed a petition in the court of the Member, Board of Revenue to bring back the land into the records of the government. Admitting the petition, the Member-Board of Revenue, served notices to all sellers and buyers of the land.
Besides Taradatt, another senior IAS officer, SN Tripathy, who is now on Central deputation, has also been served with a similar notice by the same court.