Panel recommends steps to takeover Chautala trusts

The donations shown in the records are false as majority of the listed donors denied having donated money in name of the trust.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 23:24 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Haryana Assembly on Wednesday set up a House Committee to recommend steps for takeover of trusts and societies under the control of the family of former chief minister and INLD chief Om Parkash Chautala.

The six-member panel headed by Congress legislator B B Batra and comprising MLAs Krishan Pal Gujjar (BJP), Gian Chand Oadh (INLD), Aftab Ahmed, Anand Singh Dangi and Rao Dharampal (Cong) has been asked to submit its report to Speaker Kuldeep Sharma within 45 days.

The House had yesterday authorised the Speaker to set up the Committee.

The move was taken after former Speaker Raghbir Singh Kadian has sought action against Chautala and his family in the wake of charge sheets framed against them by CBI in cases pertaining to disproportionate assets and JBT scam in, which over 3,000 school teachers were recruited allegedly on the basis of false interviews in 1999-2000.

Kadian had suggested constitution of such a panel, which was agreed to by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Surjewala.

"Whatever the Committee report will be, the Government will take action in letter and spirit," Surjewala told the House in reply to a query, whether the Haryana government will cancel the lands gifted to the trusts.

During his tenure as Chief Minister between 2000 and 2005, Chautala allegedly got lands in Sirsa, Faridabad and Panipat gifted to family-run trusts and societies by the state government.

The CBI report recommending takeover of the control of the trusts and societies run by Chautalas was tabled in the House.

The CBI in its report has said, Devi Lal Memorial Trust and Devi Lal Memorial Society are the trusts of Chautala family and the affairs, including the bank account, of these were solely controlled by the Chautalas.

It also said most of the donations shown in the records were false as majority of the listed donors denied to have donated money in the name of the trust and society.

According to the CBI, the Jan Sewa Trust was allotted prime land in Wazirpur, New Delhi and Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon for establishing printing press.

However, huge buildings were constructed misusing the purpose of allotment of land and rental income is being generated for the properties, the report said.