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No controversy over land purchase by army chief says DC

Even as a new controversy has erupted over a plot of land owned by chief of army staff, General VK Singh, deputy commissioner Kangra on Wednesday said there was no violation of rules in land purchase.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2012 21:21 IST
Naresh Kumar
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Even as a new controversy has erupted over a plot of land owned by chief of army staff, General VK Singh, deputy commissioner Kangra on Wednesday said there was no violation of rules in land purchase.

Informing about the land purchase by the army chief, DC Kangra RS Gupta said General Singh had purchased a small plot measuring about one and half Kanals at Tapovan near Himachal Vidhan Sabba complex in 2008.

“General Singh had purchased this land for construction of a house,” Gupta said.

Giving details of the land purchased by General Singh, Gupta told that a chunk of land - Khasra number 883/363 in Moujna Rausan, Muahal-Sidhbari - has been purchased by the army official.

Denying any irregularity in the land purchase, Gupta said General Singh had sought permission of the state government before purchasing the land and he was given proper sanction under sanction 118 of Land Reforms and Tenancy act.

Gupta further said according to the norms when a person from outside the Himachal purchase a land in the state he has to made some construction on the land within 180 days.

“The Army chief has constructed a boundary wall on the land and there is no irregularity in land purchase,” said Gupta.

The controversy erupted after news of land purchase by General Singh appeared in newspapers. However, General Singh has termed it as a conspiracy against him.

General Singh has also maintained that the land was purchased with due permission from the state government.