Complaints against Orissa's law minister & others

Bhubaneswar: Two civil rights organisations on Thursday lodged complaints with the police over alleged misuse of discretionary quota in availing government accommodation by Odisha's Law minister Bikram Keshari Arukh.

"We have received two written complaints. But no case has been registered yet. Police will thoroughly examine the complaints," DCP Nitinjit Singh told PTI.

The names of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Higher Education minister Badri Narayan Patra, who was earlier the urban development minister, also figured in the complaint for allegedly helping Arukh in availing two government houses on discretionary quotas.

While the chief minister and Arukh were not available for comment, Patra said "I am not aware about it. I have not done any illegality during my tenure as the urban development minister."

One complaint was lodged by Save Odisha Forum and the other by Puri-based Sachetan Nagarika Manch.

The chief minister has said that he was seriously looking into alleged misuse of discretionary quotas.