Lokayukta for police probe against 5 Cong leaders

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 23:30 IST

Recommending police investigation in the change of land use (CLU) graft case against the five accused Congress leaders, including health minister Rao Narender Singh, the Haryana Lokayukta on Wednesday appointed additional director general of police V Kamraj as inquiry officer and asked him to submit a report within three months.

Recommending the case to Kamraj, Lokayukta justice Pritam Pal also asked the complaints — INLD leaders — and the accused Congress leaders to appear before the inquiry officer on October 22. The complainants would also present all the CDs to the inquiry officer.

The Lokayukta had reserved its decision in the case on September 22 after arguments.

All the accused Congress leaders are contesting the forthcoming assembly elections. Rao Narender Singh is contesting from Narnaul seat in the ensuing assembly polls, Selval from Uklana, Bhayana is Hansi candidate and Ghorela is contesting from Barwala.

It may be recalled that the Lokayukta had already recommended registration of police case against another Congress leader Ram Kishan Fauji in January this year, though the state government was still examining Lokayukta’s recommendations in the context. Fauji, too, is Congress candidate from Bawani Khera in the ensuing polls.

The accused Congress leaders held that the allegations levelled by INLD leaders that they sought money in lieu of getting CLU permissions were baseless and the complaint was not maintainable by the Lokayukta under Section 9 of the Haryana Lokayukta Act. The accused also held that the compact discs (CDs) given by the INLD leaders were fabricated, hence there was no need to give voice or photo samples.

The case pertains to the complaints filed by INLD leaders before the Lokayukta after releasing the CDs last year allegedly showing Rao Narender Singh, chief parliamentary secretary Vinod Bhayana, Ratia MLA Jarnail Singh, Barwala MLA Ram Niwas Ghorella and Uklana MLA Naresh Selwal seeking illegal gratification in lieu of getting the change of land use (CLU) permissions to some persons.

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