Cuttack: Author Kalpana Kumari Devi received the prestigious Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award today at New Delhi for her Odia novel ‘Achinha Basabhumi’.

The controversy over selection of ‘Achinha Basabhumi’ for the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award came to an end when a division bench of Chief Justice V Gopalgowda and Justice B N Mohapatra of Odisha High Court today rejected the plea against Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award to ‘Achinha Basabhumi’ saying that the selection of the novel has not violated the norms.

It is noteworthy to mention that 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 had issued a stay on the presentation of the award on February 3.

The selection of the novel had stirred a huge controversy leading to a PIL filed by Sricharan Pratap who had alleged that the selection of the novel for the award was a gross violation of the established rules and norms.

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 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.