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46 cases of Congress chargesheet under inquiry: CM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, August 31, 2013
First Published: 00:25 IST(31/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(31/8/2013)

The Himachal Pradesh state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau is probing 46 cases that figured in the Congress chargesheet.

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The vigilance bureau has registered three first information reports (FIRs) under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Replying to a question, chief minister Virbhadra Singh revealed that five FIRs were registered during 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2012.

Shimla legislator Bhardwaj wanted to know whether cases have been registered by the vigilance bureau on the Congress chargesheet.

He revealed that an FIR was registered against Neelgiri Industries, Kolkata, and Preet Foot Beala Bathri of Una on June 7 and the case was under investigation.

Another FIR was registered on June 26 against the officials of the police department in the telephone tapping case.

On August 1, the vigilance bureau registered an FIR against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Dharamsala, which is headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

The chief minister said an FIR was registered in 2003 against RS Gupta, the then managing director Kangra Central Cooperative Bank Limited, and a challan was pending in the court. The court has been requested to return the case file for further investigation.

In 2005, again an FIR was registered against Gupta for criminal misconduct, said the chief minister.

Other case was registered against Rajeev Bindal, the then chairman of the Solan municipal committee and other members of the section committee and challan was presented in the court on July 17, 2013.

An FIR was registered against the HPCA authorities in 2007 and a challan against four accused was presented in the court on March 30, June 28 and July 1 this year, he added.

In 2012, a case was registered against officials of the Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (HPSCSC) and others and the final report was presented in the court on January 3 against the person accused in this case, said the chief minister.

In a written reply to the question of Dalhousie legislator Asha Kumari, the chief minister said 841 roads of the public works department (PWD) have been constructed in violation of the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), 1980.

In order to resolve the issue, the matter has been taken up with the union ministry of environment and forest, he added.

He said there were 530 roads with pending cases for FCA clearance.

In a written reply to the question of Nurpur legislator Ajay Mahajan, power minister Sujan Singh Pathania said 90 hydropower projects with aggregate capacity of 1,464.12 MW were allotted to private parties in the past one year.

Further elaborating, he said out of 90, 73 projects were up to 5 MW and 17 projects were above 5 MW with a capacity of 138.62 MW and 1,325.50 MW, respectively.

One project - Shatul-III of 5 MW - was cancelled after being found unviable, he added.


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