Acquired for resort being built by firm of Chhattisgarh Minister’s wife, son
According to government records, six of the 15 different tracts of land allegedly encroached in Chhattisgarh, totalling over 10 hectares, have been documented as “chhote jhaad ke jungle” and “bade jhaad ke jungle”, or jungles comprising small and big shrubs.
On July 25, The Indian Express had first reported that Agrawal’s wife bought the land donated by farmer Vishnu Sahu to the Water Resources department in 1994 which was then transferred to the Forest department with the government’s Rs 22.90 lakh spent on it in 2003 for afforestation.
The minister’s wife, Sarita Agrawal, had bought 4.12 hectares. The land was donated by a farmer named Vishnu Sahu to the state Water Resources Department in 1994, and it was subsequently transferred to the Forest Department. The department spent Rs 22.90 lakh on the piece of land in 2003 as part of an afforestation drive.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, “I have asked the Chief Secretary for an urgent report from the Collector and other officers as to how the land was bought and what procedure was followed.”
Farmer who sold plot had donated the same land to government under the daan scheme
The purchase, in September 2009, was red-flagged by several officials of the Chhattisgarh government, as recently as June 30 this year, but her husband’s Ministry put down in writing that “it’s not possible to take any action in the matter,” an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed.