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BJP promises to probe Rs 25,000-cr Roshni scam

The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a probe into the Rs 25,000-crore Roshni scam in Jammu and Kashmir, if it is voted to power after elections, party candidate from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat Jitendra Singh claimed on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2014 16:13 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a probe into the Rs 25,000-crore Roshni scam in Jammu and Kashmir, if it is voted to power after elections, party candidate from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat Jitendra Singh claimed on Monday.


"A probe will be held into the Rs 25,000-crore Roshni scam and it will be our top priority," Singh said at a public rally in Doda district.

The Comptroller and Auditor General had recently estimated a Rs 25,000-crore land transfer scam in the state under the Roshni scheme.

The scheme, under the Jammu Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001, was meant to raise Rs 25,448 crore to finance power projects by selling more than 20.64 lakh kanal state land under unauthorised occupation.

In a report tabled in the assembly, CAG had alleged irregularities in the transfer of the encroached land to occupants, saying only Rs 76 crore had been realised, defeating the purpose of the legislation.

A public interest litigation was submitted to the high court, seeking a CBI probe into Roshni scam and the State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) constituted a special investigation team to probe it.

Attacking his rival Congress candidate and union minister Gulam Nabi Azad, Singh alleged that the health minister was "exploiting the sentiments" of the people of the erstwhile Doda district for "political interests".

"The fictitious announcement by Azad to set up a medical college in Doda on the eve of the announcement of the model code of conduct was made deliberately. The minister knew very well that it is not going to be practically feasible for implementation," Singh alleged.

Singh claimed that optimal utility of hydro-power plants and discrimination against Doda in matters of development will be the BJP's top priority.