Bhubaneswar govt land irregularities: HC orders stay on Revenue Council’s notice

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court has ordered an interim stay on the notice issued by the Revenue Council in connection with the irregularities pertaining to a government land in Chandrasekharpur mouja of Bhubaneswar. The High Court has ordered a stay till the further orders of the lower court on the petition filed by senior IAS Tara Dutt.

According to sources, one person 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.

Probing the matter, the Revenue Council had issued notices to 54 persons including senior IAS Tara Dutt.

Petitioner Tara Dutt commenting on his involvement in the case had earlier said “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.”