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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Graft-for-CLU case: Four more MLAs approach HC against Lokayukta proceedings

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Chandigarh , July 28, 2014
First Published: 20:16 IST(28/7/2014) | Last Updated: 20:20 IST(28/7/2014)

Haryana's health minister Rao Narender Singh, Ratia MLA Jarnail Singh, Barwala MLA Ram Niwas Ghorella and Uklana MLA Naresh Selwal also approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday, challenging the proceedings before Haryana Lokayukta in graft compact discs (CDs) case showing them making alleged negotiations with some persons for getting change of land use (CLU) permissions for agricultural land.

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The petition came up for hearing before the court headed by justice Ritu Bahri that issued notice of motion to the Haryana government as well as Lokayukta for August 1.

Earlier on July 22 chief parliamentary secretary Vinod Bhayana had approached the high court challenging the Lokayukta proceedings on which the high court had ordered that the Lokayukta shall not pass any orders in the case till the next date of hearing in the high court.

Haryana Lokayukta in his orders on July 2 and July 23 had refused to give any reprieve to the five accused Congress leaders who had pleaded that the very allegations that they sought money in lieu of getting CLU permissions for some land were baseless and the complaint was not maintainable by the Lokayukta under Section 9 of the Haryana Lokayukta Act. On July 23, the Lokayukta had ordered the legislators to file their replies by August 4.

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had released some CDs in September last year showing Haryana Congress legislators allegedly seeking illegal gratification in lieu of getting the CLU permissions from the state government to some persons.

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