Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that he would “look into” the allegation against Hon’ble Minister of Law and Rural Development, who allegedly availed two houses from Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) under discretionary quota.
“You are telling me about it now. We will look into it,” Patnaik told reporters here.
Last week, Mr.Patnaik had said that he would “certainly examine” if any specific complaint of illegality on discretionary quota comes forward.
Hon’ble Minister of Law and Rural Development ( Cabinet Minister) Bikram Keshari Arukh, allegedly got two houses of 2400 square feet from the BDA, one in the name of his wife Jaylaxmi Arukh at Kalinga Vihar in 2007 and another in his name at Pokhariput in 2009 under two Urban Development Ministers namely Former Union Development Minister K. V. Singhdeo and Present Union Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra.
Stating that BDA guidelines clearly mentioned that one could avail a house if he did not have any house or land in the state capital area, Mr. Patra said, “Arukh had applied for a house claiming that he did not have any land or house in the Bhubaneswar master plan area. Therefore, I allotted a house in his favour according to the law under discretionary quota.”
As said by Former Law Minister Narasingh Mishra, “Anybody swearing a false affidavit for acquiring anything or for obtaining favour by misrepresentation is a criminal offence and liable to be prosecuted”.
Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra too described this as a grave offence.