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CBI probe plea into Tata lease

Ranchi, Nov. 9: Jharkhand High Court today ordered the government and Tata Steel to file a counter affidavit after a trust headed by activist Durga Oraon sought a CBI probe against the granting of public land in Jamshedpur on lease by the state to the steel major.

Jharkhand Against Corruption, which was formed by Oraon, trained its guns on chief minister Arjun Munda, building construction minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary and former East Singhbhum DC Nitin Madan Kulkarni over the transfer of land.

Oraon said the government had leased 482 acres to Tata Steel for a meagre amount of around Rs 11 crore. The steel giant later sublet the plots to private companies, mall owners and builders at a handsome price, he argued.

Oraon said the entire area leased out at the rate received by the government would peg the land at about Rs 5 per sqft. But, he added, the land in Bistupur alone was estimated at Rs 5,000 per sqft.


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