Will file defamation case against Dikshit: Iqbal
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Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010, 00:36
New Delhi: Alleging a conspiracy to link him to a controversial land deal, LJP MLA Shoaib Iqbal today said he will file a defamation case against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the Delhi government for "trying to tarnish his image".

Raising the issue in the Assembly, Iqbal alleged that Revenue Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan was behind a "conspiracy" under which he and his wife were accused of grabbing an 'enemy property' in an Old Delhi locality in connivance with a Dubai-based luxury hotel chain.

An enemy property is one that has been vacated by a person who moved to Pakistan during partition and is now under the government's hold.

"The allegations were made without any basis. The media carried the story for almost a week giving immense mental pain to me and my wife," the Matia Mahal MLA said.

In January, Delhi Government had frozen a land deal between some alleged local mafia elements and a Dubai-based company, claimed to have "questionable antecedents", to set up a luxury hotel near the historic Jama Masjid. It was alleged that Iqbal had links with the project.

Rejecting the allegations as "totally baseless", the sole LJP MLA said there is a police post and a Congress office at the land in question and that a case relating to the property has been pending in the Delhi High Court for last 16 years.

"I will file a defamation case against the Chief Minister and the Government. The silence maintained by the Chief Minister on the issue makes it clear that the conspiracy was hatched with support from the Chief Minister," Iqbal told reporters later.

Replying to the Iqbal's statement, Chouhan said in the Assembly that the city government had banned sale and purchase of all enemy properties following a direction of Custodian of such properties.

"We never targeted an individual. After getting an order from the Custodian of Enemy properties, we banned sale and purchase of all such properties...if you want, we are ready for a detailed probe into it also," Chouhan said.

As Iqbal alleged that "powerful people have also grabbed enemy properties in the city", senior BJP leader V K Malhotra demanded a through probe into the issue.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010, 00:36

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