Orissa HC issues notice to govt on dal scam

Orissa HC directed the Orissa govt to file a status report within 10 days on the ongoing vigilance enquiry into the alleged irregularities in supply of pulses under various schemes.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 22:55 PM IST

Cuttack: Orissa High Court on Friday directed
the Orissa government to file a status report within 10 days
on the ongoing vigilance enquiry into the alleged
irregularities in supply of pulses (dal) for school children
and expectant and nursing mothers under various schemes.

Adjudicating over a PIL filed by a city-based lawyer,
a division bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice
B N Mohapatra also asked the government advocate to obtain
government instructions in securing all the relevant records
pertaining to the dal scam.

During hearing of the case, when the petitioner said
the vigilance has not yet registered any FIR in the matter,
the bench told him to delete the prayer for CBI enquiry into
the scam so as to issue notice to the government seeking
status report on vigilance probe.

Lawyer and social activist Dilip Mohapatra last week
filed the PIL seeking CBI probe into the scam.

Mohapatra had earlier filed a petition to vigilance
director seeking a thorough probe into supply of inferior dal
to beneficiaries of welfare schemes. But when no action was
taken on his petition, he moved the High Court through a PIL.

PTI