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Akali members demand probe into forest-land scam

Akali Dal members on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into an alleged Rs 2,000 crore forest-land scam in Mohali, Punjab.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 15:05 IST

Akali Dal members on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into an alleged Rs 2,000 crore forest-land scam in Mohali, Punjab, while accusing Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of being hand-in-glove with the culprits. BJP and CPI supported the Akali Dal demand.

Staging a walkout along with BJP and Shiv Sena members, Akali leader SS Dhindsa said 120 acres of forestland has been vested with a private company to develop commercial property in violation of the regulations.

This has been done despite protest by senior government officials including Financial Commission of the state, he said. "The CM has acted in the most arbitrary manner to favour a private firm," he alleged.

However, Parliamentary Affairs minister PR Dasmunshi asked the Speaker not to allow Dhindsa's statement stating that it is a convention in the house that the individual conduct of chief ministers and cabinet ministers is not discussed. To this, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee instructed Dhindsa to restrict his statement to the issues connected with the Centre.

However, VK Malhotra of BJP protested saying that on Monday the conduct of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was raised in the house, resulting in protest from Congress MPs from Punjab. The Akali Dal members walked into the well of the house. In the slogan shouting, that followed, BJP-Shiv Sena and Akalis staged a walkout. Later, Gurudas Dasgupta supported the demand for a CBI inquiry.