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Demanding probe, INLD submits memo to guv

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 12, 2013
First Published: 21:42 IST(12/8/2013) | Last Updated: 21:43 IST(12/8/2013)

Demanding a probe by a sitting high court or Supreme Court judge into the DLF-Vadra land deal, an Indian National Lok Dal delegation submitted a memorandum to governor Jagannath Pahadia here on Monday.

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Following fresh revelations in the DLF-Vadra land deal by Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka, Haryana INLD president Ashok Arora, who led the delegation, later told mediapersons that the INLD demanded a probe by a sitting judge of high court or Supreme Court into the said deal and the resignation of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on moral grounds.

Reminding that the INLD had even brought an adjournment motion to discuss alleged irregularities in the land allotment to Rajiv Gandhi Trust in Gurgaon and the DLF-Vadra deal in the last assembly session, Arora bemoaned the fact that the speaker had refused any discussion on it and instead sent INLD MLAs out of the House by naming them.

Arora said senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka also submitted a detailed report to the Haryana chief secretary three months back regarding these land scams. The INLD delegation also demanded, in their memorandum, a case under charges of murder and the Prevention of Corruption Act against former minister in the Hooda government, OP Jain and former chief parliamentary secretary Zile Ram Sharma for allegedly killing Karam Singh, a former sarpanch of Kambopur village in Karnal.

The INLD MLAs alleged the state was littered with land mafia and that they had captured thousands acres of farmers' land. Arora further alleged that change of land use licences to more than 22,000 acres land had been issued by the Hooda government. In this regard, Khemka had already given a report to the chief secretary and as Hooda, Robert Vadra and other high officials were involved in this matter, the deals should be investigated by some sitting judge of Supreme Court or high court, he alleged.

Meanwhile, Haryana BJP and Haryana Janhit Congress too demanded Hooda's resignation, besides a fair judicial probe into the alleged irregularities in the said deal. The BJP-HJC alliance chairman, Dharampal Malik, BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma and HJC leader Kuldeep Bishnoi said a delegation of the alliance would also take a delegation to the Haryana governor on Tuesday in the context.

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