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
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
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)