Ash, Twinkle land in trouble
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a probe into the alleged selling of tribal land to Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and Twinkle Khanna in Dhule and Nandurbar districts.india Updated: Jun 11, 2009 00:33 IST
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a probe into the alleged selling of tribal land to Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and Twinkle Khanna in Dhule and Nandurbar districts.
The assurance came after the Opposition created a ruckus in the state legislature demanding an investigation into the matter.
“The government will set up a CID inquiry to see if any wrongdoing has been committed,” Minister for Non-Conventional Energy Vinay Kore assured the House.
Opposition members alleged that Windmill company Suzlon had brought land from tribals at cheaper rates with the help of the government and sold it at exorbitant price to celebrities.
“The former revenue minister by amending a government resolution connived with Suzlon to buy tribal land at pittance which was then sold at a steep amount to celebrities,” Opposition leader Ramdas Kadam said in the assembly.
Kadam alleged that the state government and Suzlon had procured tribal land for Rs 250-300 crore and sold it off at Rs 5,000 crore. He also alleged that many tribals were tricked into signing the agreement.
The government clarified that a comprehensive policy is being prepared by the state government which would lay guidelines over land deals for windmill projects and would benefit tribals.
A separate committee headed by a retired secretary and two additional chief secretaries from the revenue and non-conventional energy department will also probe the charges, Kore added.
Meanwhile, Suzlon has termed the allegations as “unjustified and baseless.”
“Suzlon practices the highest corporate governance standards to ensure full compliance to all legal and regulatory requirements for setting up its projects. Any allegations on our compliance or practices are unjustified and baseless,” it said in a statement.
“We are surprised by the state government’s decision of an inquiry considering the work done by Suzlon in the state of Maharashtra. We will extend our full cooperation for any enquiry,” Suzlon said in a statement.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: Jun 11, 2009 00:32 IST