BJP urges PM to order probe into allegations against Chauhan

The BJP on Tuesday urged PM Manmohan Singh to order a high-level probe into alleged involvement of PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan in protecting a resort in a tax evasion case.

Last Updated: May 10, 2011, 21:47 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after the Delhi government
virtually rejected Lokayukta`s order to sack PWD Minister Raj
Kumar Chauhan, the BJP on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to order a high-level probe into his alleged involvement
in protecting a resort in a tax evasion case.

Slamming Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for giving a
"clean chit" to Chauhan in the Delhi government`s report to
Home Ministry, city BJP chief Vijender Gupta and Leader of
Opposition in Assembly VK Malhotra have requested both the PM
and Home Minister P Chidambaram to order an inquiry into the
allegations.

"The inquiry should also look into the efforts being
made to protect Chauhan," a joint statement issued by Gupta
and Malhotra said. The BJP has been demanding removal of
Chauhan following the Lokayukta`s order in late February.

"The Chief Minister has been found guilty in CWG
bunglings and hence she is also openly protecting the corrupt
minister," said the statement.

Backing Chauhan, the Delhi government yesterday sent a
detailed report to the Home Ministry rejecting the Lokayukta`s
recommendation to sack the minister.

Last month, the Ministry had directed the Delhi
government to file a report on Chauhan`s alleged involvement
in protecting Tivoli Garden resort in a tax evasion case for
which Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin had recommended his
removal finding him guilty of misconduct of "grave nature".

The communication from the Home Ministry, officials
said, is part of the decision making process by the President
which is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

The report dismissed as "pure assumption" the ground
on which the Lokayukta had recommended to President Pratibha
Patil to "withdraw her pleasure" for the Minister to continue
in office.

Justice Sarin`s order had come in a case pertaining to
Chauhan`s alleged involvement in influencing a team of tax
officials when they were carrying out a survey in the Tivoli
Garden resort in South Delhi in February last year.

PTI