Judges’ panel to probe land grab by Odisha Olympic body

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, May 7:

The Supreme Court today ordered formation of a judges’ committee to investigate and find out whether the Barabati Palace marriage hall and adjoining 23 shops in Cuttack were built on encroached land or on the property owned by the Odisha Olympic Association (OOA).

Barabati Palace

The court also directed the Odisha Accountant General (AG) to submit a report on the financial transactions of Barabati Palace and other business establishments adjacent to it allegedly built on land encroached by OOA.

According to the apex court’s directives, a committee headed by the district judge, Cuttack with two more additional judges nominated by the acting Chief Justice of Odisha High Court as its members will conduct an on-spot-inquiry The chief secretary and Revenue secretary have been directed by the apex court to assist the panel in its inquiry.

It may be recalled here that Odisha High Court had directed Cuttack district administration to take possession of Barabati Palace and the other business establishments in November last year. This apart, the court had also asked the Crime Branch to investigate the activities of OOA.

However, OOA had later challenged the High Court’s order in the Supreme Court.

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