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Vedic Village: Mollah admits officials’ involvement

A departmental inquiry into the controversial Vedic Village land grab case has revealed that a section of Land Department officials violated...

A departmental inquiry into the controversial Vedic Village land grab case has revealed that a section of Land Department officials violated rules to favour the Vedic Village authorities. After getting the primary report,the department has ordered further inquiries to find out the officers and employees involved so that action could be taken against them.

In the face of criticism for his alleged association with Vedic Village owner Raj Kishore Modi,Land and Land Reforms Minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah had ordered an inquiry to find out conversion and mutation status of the land purchased by Modi to set up an IT hub and township. One month after the inquiry was ordered,Mollah on Tuesday admitted that a section of officers and employees worked for Modi and his agents.

“Before the final report I cannot comment. But it was revealed in the primary report that a section of officers is involved. I have asked them to find out who are involved. After having the report,action will be taken against them,” said Mollah.

Land Department sources said the report arrived at Writers’ Buildings last week which hinted that a section of officials of Bhangar Block Land and Revenue Officer’s (BLRO) office converted agricultural land without prior permission from the district magistrate. Moreover,some plots were identified which are vested with the government and cannot be purchased by anyone because these plots were distributed to landless people. In case of mutation,the BLRO office suspiciously avoided a field inquiry before mutation (changing title of the land deed).