Cong lambasts Shah panel for clean chit to Modi

Last Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 21:56

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress on Thursday lambasted the findings of the MB Shah Commission that has given `clean chit` to the Narendra Modi government in nine land allotment cases.

The one-man commission of Justice M B Shah submitted its interim report, which has found no illegality in land allotments.

"This was perhaps the first and the only Commission of inquiry, which has completed its probe within four months and without examining a single witness, it has submitted its interim report," Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia told reporters here on Thursday.

"This is not an inquiry commission, but a `Save Modi` Commission," he alleged.

"When we raised the issue of corruption of gigantic scale by the Modi government, we never demanded a probe by a panel which only has power to recommend.

"When we submitted our memorandum to the then President of India, our expectations were of an investigation either by CBI, any independent agency, by Lokayukta or by any sitting Judge of the Supreme court or High Court and wanted criminal charges be framed under the Prevention of Corruption Act," he added.

The Congress leader further alleged that when Modi came to know of this from a media report, he announced the formation of Justice M B Shah Commission.

"It was done only to save his skin from the slew of corruption cases. The CM was in the know of the impending appointment of Lokayukt in the state by the Governor," he said.


First Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 21:56

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