The State government has held an enquiry against Bikash Kujur, former Sub-Registrar of Patnagarh in Bolangir district, for his role in alleged irregularities committed in recording of hundreds of acres of land in favour of 10 fake companies in a fraudulent manner.

About 358 acres in Bolangir was acquired by nine companies from New Delhi and one from Agra using dubious means in the name of Jatropha cultivation. Gullible farmers had handed over their land to companies under the impression that they were leasing out the properties in early 2000. But later they reportedly discovered that their signatures were taken in sale deed.

When hue and cry was made by people, the State government had ordered an inquiry with the Revenue Divisional Commissioner. But no action was taken based on the recommendations of the RDC. Last year when the RDC report was obtained in exercise of RTI Act, the issue came to the fore again. People demanded action as RDC had then clearly found fraudulent transaction of land.

Direction was issued to inquire and verify if lands were recorded at prices below the market value and charges should be framed against Sub Registrar and District Sub Registrar concerned if there was any truth. Mr. Kujur, who is now working as District Sub-Registrar, Kalahandi at Bhawanipatna, will face the departmental proceeding for committing irregularities and misconduct during his tenure as Sub-Registrar, Patnagarh, under rule-15 of Orissa Civil Service Rules, 1962. The senior revenue official has been directed to submit written statement of defence within 30 days from the date of receipt of this memorandum if he desires to be heard in person. “If Mr. Kujur fails to submit his representation within the stipulated period of 30 days from the date of receipt of this memorandum, it will be presumed that, he has no explanation to offer and action will be taken as deemed proper ex-parte,” Revenue and Disaster Department order says.

358 acres in Bolangir was acquired by nine companies from New Delhi and one from Agra