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Haryana forest scam: Decision on CBI probe soon

The government will take a decision "within a week" on the CVC`s advise to launch a CBI probe against politicians and bureaucrats in Haryana.



New Delhi: The government will take a
decision "within a week" on the Central Vigilance Commission`s
advise to launch a CBI probe against politicians and
bureaucrats in Haryana, allegedly involved in a multi-crore
forest scam.

The matter is now with Environment Minister Jayanthi
Natarajan who sought details from officials last week about
the communication from CVC and its advice to the ministry to
ask the Haryana government to file an FIR after which the case
can be transferred to the CBI, sources said.

"A decision will be taken within a week. It is under
process. Officials have put their views before the minister.
It is the minister who has to take a final call," a source
said.

In response to CVC`s query following a request by the
Environment Ministry, the CBI had said the scam could be
looked into as the investigative agency found the charges
"worthy" of an independent probe.

The ministry had referred the matter to CVC after an
in-house inquiry found merit in allegations levelled by Indian
Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi that there was
corruption in the setting up of a herbal park on the private
land of a legislator under pressure from a state Cabinet
minister.

He also alleged financial irregularities like siphoning
of funds to the tune of crores of rupees in plantation at the
park in 2007 and 2008.

The Haryana cadre IFS officer was "frequently transferred
and suspended for exposing scam" and had complained of
harassment to President Pratibha Patil, who referred it to the
Cabinet Secretariat.

Acting on the directions of the Cabinet Secretariat, the
Environment Ministry in 2010 constituted a two-member panel
headed by IG (forests) A K Srivastava which confirmed
harassment of Chaturvedi and recommended quashing of the
charge sheet and referring the matter immediately to the CBI
for an impartial investigation.

The chargesheet was quashed by the President on January
19.

PTI

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