Govt orders probe in Pinki land dispute

The state government on Monday ordered a probe into the land allotted to the Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 17, 2012 12:10:19 am

The state government on Monday ordered a probe into the land allotted to the Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik.

Pramanik’s former live-in partner had alleged that the athlete illegally sold off a three-cottah plot awarded to her by the state government after she won a gold medal at the 2006 Doha Asiad.

“KMDA CEO Vivek Bharadwaj will inquire into the matter about how Pinki was allotted the land under sports quota and if she had used the plot in commercial purpose,” Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said on Monday.

Sports minister Madan Mitra also supported the government’s stand,saying it’s a duty to ensure that everything is in order. “We must find out how the plots were given and who were the beneficiaries. Also,there are players who were deprived of such facilities despite earning laurels for the country. It all happened during the Left Front regime,” Mitra told this paper.

Incidentally,it has been alleged that Pramanik sold off the land at Kasba for Rs 40 lakh to former CPM MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar’s husband Avtar Singh and a five-storey building is set to come up on that plot.

Meanwhile,Singh has been asked to be present at the Bidhannagar police headquarters for interrogation in connection with the land dispute. Sikdar,however,denied getting any police notice.

“No one has sent us notice or dropped in for inquiry. The state government,supported by a section of the media,is trying to malign us. Avtar has nothing to do with the land dea. We’ll move court now,”said Sikdar.

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