Outfit moves court against Bhubaneswar Development Authority
Aug 01, 2012
Source : The Times Of India

 

BHUBANESWAR: The Kalinga Sena has filed a case in the court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM), Bhubaneswar, seeking action against people involved in the alleged financial irregularities in a housing scheme of the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).
 
Sena moved the court after the Kharevela Nagar police here allegedly hesitated to register cases against the errant BDA officers. On July 19, the Sena had lodged a complaint against some BDA staff, including BDA's former vice-chairman Deoranjan Kumar Singh blaming them for the alleged scam. But no case was registered. "I have prayed the court to direct the Kharavela Nagar police to register cases against the accused and arrest them," Sena president Hemant Rath told TOI.
 
Accountants General (AG) of Odisha had stumbled upon misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 11.6 lakh and Rs 1.07 lakh in the allotment for Jatni Housing Scheme and approval of building plans between 2008 and 2011.
 
It was alleged that some BDA employees allegedly forged bank receipts for around Rs 11.6 lakh to record money deposited by 17 beneficiaries of the schemes, while in reality, the amounts were never deposited. Part of this amount, they allegedly accepted as bribe against clearing applications. Likewise, the accused helped 45 people to get their building plans approved fraudulently. The AG found that the accused collected nominal amounts for approval of building plans and inflated the amount in its record, leading to a misappropriation of around Rs 1.07 lakh.
 
Singh, who was transferred from BDA a few days ago, had earlier rubbished the involvement of higher-level officers in the scam. "Vigilance is inquiring into the matter. We have collected part of the dues from the allottees and issued notices to others, whose installments were found to be forged. If they do not pay the balance money their houses will be cancelled," Singh said. "Action would be taken against the errant BDA staff as well," Singh said.
 

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