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Oppn stages walkout over Cidco land scam

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2010 02:04 IST

The Opposition walked out of the Assembly after the state government refused a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into land allotments made by the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) in the last ten years.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse alleged that the land scam involving Cidco was worth Rs 50,000 crore.

“Five years after the Shankaran report and after many indicting reports by the CAG, the government has not taken any action. The state is shielding the guilty,’’ Khadse said.

MNS legislator Bala Nandgaonkar demanded a CID probe and the Opposition supported it.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, however, refused saying the government had accepted the findings of former bureaucrat S. Shankaran’s report and would fix responsibility for the irregularities. The Shankaran report had pointed to irregularities worth Rs 347 crore in Cidco’s land dealings.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators raised the issue in the Question Hour. They wanted to know why Cidco had granted Larsen and Toubro monetary concessions worth Rs 635 crore in March.

BJP legislators Gopal Shetty and Yogesh Sagar alleged that Cidco had granted the engineering giant a three-year extension for payment of dues without charging late fees and had caused losses to the exchequer.

Chavan said the concessions were granted because of the economic slowdown since the company was unable to pay the entire amount at one go.

“There are independent transaction advisors in the state and we are willing to let them study this case to see if there can be a rethink on the terms of payment,’’ Chavan said.

Dissatisfied with Chavan’s response, the Opposition walked out of the House.