A day after HT reported the details of the Himachal Pradesh vigilance and anti-corruption bureau’s enquiry report (Bhushan flouted rules, seize HP land: probe, dated February 10) recommending confiscation of 15 acres of land owned by AAP leader Prashant Bhushan in Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh reacted to the story saying Bhushan’s allegations that the congress government was being vindictive was incorrect.
In a press statement, Virbhadra said the allegations levelled by Bhushan that the inquiry into the land purchase and its non-utilisation by Bhushan’s society had been initiated out of vengeance after he had filed a PIL against him were totally false and incorrect.
“Contrary to what Mr Bhushan has said, it was the other way round. Shri Bhushan had filed a PIL in the Hon’ble Delhi High Court against him in November 2013. The district collector had started legal proceedings against his Kumud Bhushan Education Society in February 2012, during BJP regime for non-utilisation of land and violation of terms and conditions,” he said.
Bhushan had told HT that the state government was trying to hit back as he had filed a writ petition in Delhi HC alleging Virbhadra had indulged in corruption.