House Committee to decide on Chautala trusts
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 10:16
Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said that a House Committee will suggest steps to be taken on the CBI recommendation asking the state government to take action against the trusts and societies under the control of former Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala's family for alleged violations of norms.

During discussions on corruption issue and a calling attention motion in the Haryana Assembly, Hooda favoured government takeover of these organisations to ensure fulfillment of the purpose for which they has been formed.

After Congress MLA Raghuvir Singh Kadian suggested constitution of a House Committee on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala on behalf of the Chief Minister said that the government has no objection to the proposal.

"The report of the Committee may be given in 30-40 days and I will assure the House that the government will implement (Committee's recommendations) in letter and spirit," Surjewala told the House.

The INLD members were not present in the House during the discussion on corruption as they had been suspended for the rest of the session after they disrupted proceedings on the Jan Lokpal Bill issue.

While supporting the suggestion, BJP MLA Krishan Pal Gujjar said that the House Committee should take up cases of all Trusts amd Societies and added that people facing charges of corruption should not be members of the Committee.

Kadian also said that Chautala, his sons Ajay Chautala and Abhay Chautala should resign as members of Legislative Assembly of Haryana in view of the charges against them.

Congress legislator Sampat Singh also supported the move.

Hooda,said that "the CBI has categorically recommended in a report that in view of the violations of the conditions for the purpose of Trusts and Societies, Haryana Government may take appropriate action against Trusts and Societies, which are under the control of the Chautala family for violation of norms".

Hooda said that investigation has established that Devilal Memorial Trust and Devilal Memorial Society are the trusts of Chautala family, the affairs of which are solely controlled by Chautala family in general and Abhay Singh Chautala in particular.

He said therefore, the Government should take initiative to take over the control of the Trust and Society to ensure fulfilment of the purpose for which they has been formed.

He said that it is also revealed that Jan Sewa Trust was allotted prime land in Wazirpur, New Delhi and Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon for establishing printing press.

"However, huge buildings have been constructed misusing the purpose of allotment of land and rental income is being generated for the properties.... No printing press, as such, is located at both the locations and the trust is bringing out a news paper called Jan Sandesh on job work basis," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 10:16

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