HC notice to Orissa on `irrigation scam`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 15:17
  
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has issued notice to the state government for reply to a PIL seeking a judicial probe into alleged multi-crore water scam involving cost overrun of irrigation projects of Rs 3537 crore.

Taking cognisance of the PIL filed by an advocate of the HC, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra yesterday issued notice asking the state government to file its counter within two weeks.

Advocate Srikant Padhi quoting from CAG report of 2009 alleged in his petition that mismanagement of funds, including excess payment to irrigation contractors till October 2009 was reported to be over Rs 800 crore.

The high court also issued notices to other respondents in the PIL, including Union Water Resources ministry.

The petitioner has urged the HC to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) headed by either a retired judge of the Supreme Court or High Court under the Commission of Enquiry Act to investigate into the alleged frauds.

The petitioner claimed that Orissa irrigation department had undertaken construction of as many as 33 projects under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit (AIB) programme but completed only nine of them during last 12 years while the remaining projects are in limbo.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 15:17


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