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Efforts on to implicate main criminal cases: Dhumal

punjab Updated: Jan 07, 2014 20:02 IST
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Former Himachal chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal created a flutter at a press conference here on Tuesday, stating that a copy of the written text of former Kangra deputy commissioner KK Pant was with him two days before he appeared before the vigilance bureau at Dharamshala.

While talking to reporters, he said Pant never told the vigilance bureau that he had received strict instructions from him (Dhumal) to demolish the four staff quarters of the education department as mentioned by a section of press on Tuesday.

He said some people having some vested interest were deliberately leaking wrong information to media to wrongly implicate him in criminal cases.

He said he was ready to face a probe, but others should also know that they were not beyond it, and they would have to face the consequences.

Dhumal asked the government to release the detailed proceedings of the vigilance bureau questioning Pant, as it was a serious issue and people wanted to know the truth.

He appealed to the media not to accept handouts or information that were not signed, as he had been told that a team close to chief minister VIrbhadra Singh had been issuing statements on behalf of ministers and MLAs without having adequate knowledge of the concerned parties.

Meanwhile, Dhumal also released a document quoting contents of the meeting held on April 4, 2008 at Dharmashala under chairmanship of Pant, where five main issues concerning the government staff quarters had been taken up.

While releasing the document, Dhumal said the Congress government was pressurising officers by threatening them of "arrest" or "shifting to remote places" if they didn't depose against him (Dhumal) and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Raking up the issue of income tax returns by the chief minister and his family once again, Dhumal said he had definite information that the income tax department was scrutinising the returns filed by family members of Virbhadra, which had sent a shock wave to them.

In response to the Congress' asking him to move the Lokayukta, Dhumal said the amended act of the Lokayukta was yet to get the President's assent; secondly, the complaint involved financial issues and such issues were taken up by the revenue agencies of the central government like the Directorate of Revenue and the Enforcement Directorate.

Denying his or any of family members' involvement in a benami land deal, Dhumal dared the state government to claim all those lands if they had any information at all.

He alleged that Congress leaders were making such statements to divert the attention of the people from the real issues.