SC to hear OOA land encroachment on October 8

Cuttack: The judiciary committee, led by the Cuttack district judge, today submitted a detailed report on the encroachment of government land by the Odisha Olympic Association to the Supreme Court in a sealed envelope.

The apex court will have its next hearing of the case on October 8.

The apex court on May 7 this year had directed the Odisha 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.

Acting on the directive of the apex court, the three-member judiciary committee, led by Cuttack district judge Satya Narayan Mishra as its head while additional district judges of Cuttack and Kendrapara BK Mishra and Kirti Chandra Barik, conducted fresh measurement of the encroached land near the Barabati Stadium on September 2.

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.