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In-depth probe needed in plot allotment scam, says Khattar

punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2015 17:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Manohar Lal Khattar

Manohar Lal Khattar

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said that the state government had decided to handover probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for indepth investigation into alleged irregularities in industrial plots allotment in Panchkula during the previous Congress government’s regime.

In Karnal, to inaugurate three-day Gita Jayanti celebrations, Khattar said the move came after the state vigilance bureau (SVB) found irregularities in allotments.

“Following SVB inputs, the advocate general and others in the state government unanimously opined to get the matter examined by an independent central agency. The investigators will look into whether the plots were allotted to unduly benefit the individuals. Due legal procedures would be initiated against the guilty,” he said.

However, Khattar refrained from making any comment against former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

In May, the Khattar government had ordered a vigilance probe into the allotment of the industrial plots by Hooda-led Congress government in Industrial Estate, Panchkula in 2011 to alleged ‘undeserving candidates’.

SVB later registered a case for regular inquiry in the case in which industrial plots ranging from 496 square metres to 1,280 square metres were allegedly allotted to the candidates who were either relatives of the then chief minister (Hooda) or those of his close associates and friends.

Bureau probe was ordered by the BJP government after it received several complaints on the alleged irregularities committed in allotment of industrial plots, including a chargesheet submitted by Indian National Lok Dal to the Haryana governor.

After assuming power in October last, the Khattar government had maintained that it would show zero tolerance towards corruption and probe all acts of omission and commission of the previous Congress government in the state.