Novel 'Achinha Basabhumi' by Kalpana Kumari Devi
Novel 'Achinha Basabhumi' by Kalpana Kumari Devi
Cuttack: Acting on a PIL by novelist Sricharan Pratap, the division bench of Chief Justice V Gopalgowda and Justice B N Mohapatra of Odisha High Court has issued a stay on the presentation of Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award to Kalpana Kumari Devi for her novel ‘Achinha Basabhumi’. The award presentation was scheduled to be held on February 14.

The petitioner alleged that Kalpana Kumari Devi had confessed in an interview to a monthly magazine “Jugashree Juganari” in February 2010 that she had stopped writing for last 20 years due to family burden; and claims that the book should have been written during the period of 2007 to 2009 to be qualified for 2011 award. The petitioner also alleges that the established rules and norms have been given a go-by during the selection of the novel for the prestigious award.