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Anomalies in land acquisition: Two joint collectors suspended

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh government on Saturday suspended two joint collectors of State Administrative Services 2008 batch with immediate effect for committing irregularities in land acquisition cases.

According to sources, the general administration department on Saturday evening issued suspension orders of Teerthraj Agrawal, joint collector posted at Raigarh district and JR Chourasia, joint collector posted at Mahasamund district.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has issued instructions to all departments to ensure tough action against those who commit administrative carelessness in government work and on complaints of corruption.

As per the orders, during the suspension period, the headquarters of Agrawal will be the office of the commissioner Bastar and of Chourasia the Raipur commissioner office. Both these officers are accused of irregularities in land acquisition cases.

According to the suspension order, Teerthraj Agrawal has been charged with non-compliance of provisions of the Land Acquisition Act, in the cases of acquisition of total 780.869 hectare land in nine villages – Lara, Jhilgittar, Devalsurra, Aadmuda, Bodajhariya, Kandagarh, Chhapora, Mahloi and Riyapali – under the under-construction NTPC plant in Lara village of Pusour block.

In these villages, before and during the land acquisition process large-scale sale and purchase of plots have been done. Agrawal has also been accused of non-compliance of rules of partition and mutation and providing illegal benefits to the affected by discharging his duty carelessly.

In the suspension order, joint collector JR Chourasia has been charged with committing serious irregularities and carelessness in the issuance of forest rights certificates during his posting as sub divisional officer (revenue) Mahasamund.

Similarly, during his posting as sub divisional officer (revenue) Gharghoda in Raigarh district, Chourasia had assessed compensation of surface right on 444.576 hectare land in Dholnara, Bajarmuda, Karvahi, Khamharia and Milupara villages in Gharghoda tehsil. As per rule, surface right order of this land should have been issued after sanctioning mining patta, but Chourasia, by doing his duty carelessly, has provided illegal benefits to the affected persons.

The GAD has suspended both the officers under section 9(1) of the Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Act 1965.