Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik on Monday said he would "look into" the allegation against
a cabinet minister who allegedly availed two houses from
Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) under discretionary
"You are telling me about it now. We will look into
it," Patnaik told reporters here.
Last week, he had said that he would "certainly
examine" if any specific complaint of illegality on
discretionary quota comes to the fore.
Law Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, allegedly got two
houses from the BDA, one in the name of his wife Jaylaxmi
Arukh at Kalinga Vihar in 2007 and another in his name at
Pokhariput in 2009.
In both the cases, Arukh allegedly got houses of 2400
square feet each under discretionary quota of two urban
development ministers, sources said.
Arukh was not available for comment despite several
While the then urban development minister K V Singhdeo
allotted a house in the name of Arukh`s wife in 2007, the
present urban development minister Badri Narayan Patra
allocated another house in name of the law minister in 2009.
Both Singhdeo and Patra have confirmed about allotting
houses in name of the law minister and his wife under
"Arukh had applied for a house claiming that he did
not have any land or house in the Bhubaneswar master plan
area. Therefore, I allotted a house in his favour according to
the law under discretionary quota," Patra told reporters
adding that BDA guidelines clearly mentioned that one could
avail a house if he did not have any house or land in the
state capital area.