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Kejriwal goes after Haryana land deal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 11, 2012
First Published: 00:40 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 08:14 IST(11/10/2012)

The Arvind Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption (IAC) on Wednesday questioned the Haryana government's statement that it did not transfer 30 acres of land, meant for constructing a hospital, to real estate company DLF for using it as a special economic zone (SEZ).

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The Haryana government had denied the charge levelled by Kejriwal on Tuesday. “No land meant for setting up a hospital was released in favour of DLF in 2007, as was alleged by Mr Kejriwal….The land being talked about was released in favour of East India Hotels Ltd in 1995 following six years of court proceedings. No release of land has been done during the last 10 years,” the Haryana government stated. 

Kejriwal, however, questioned the state government's version. “This raises suspicions on the Haryana government’s intention, as to why it did not take any action against the company that failed to construct the hospital for 16 years...”

He also raised questions over the state government allowing East India Hotels Ltd to sell the land to DLF. “Who allowed the change in use of land? Can anybody other than the government do it? The (Haryana government’s) response... is clearly a bunch of lies,” Kejriwal said.

Haryana government is likely to respond to Kejriwal's latest charge on Thursday.

Plan to picket Sonia's house

Arvind Kejriwal, accompanied by several differently abled IAC activists, is likely to gherao the residence of  Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday to demand the resignation of law minister Salman Khurshid. It has been alleged that an NGO run by Khurshid and his wife indulged in financial irregularities. “Money bungling in an NGO floated by the law minister's wife is a matter of shame,” Kejriwal said.

Khurshid's wife Louise, project director of the Dr Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, denied the allegations levelled in a sting operation carried out by a news channel.

"The allegations are malicious and baseless… A legal notice is being sent, and appropriate proceedings in accordance with the law will be initiated," she said in a statement.

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