Virbhadra demands probe into activities of land mafia in HP
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 00:15
Dharamsala: Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday accused 'outsiders' of grabbing land in Himachal Pradesh and demanded a high-level probe into the activities of the land mafia in the state.

Alleging that several pieces of land from Kalka to Narkanda and between Una and Dharamsala had been grabbed by outsiders, the former chief minister said a high-level inquiry must immediately be ordered into the clandestine operations of the land mafia in the state.

Talking to reporters here today Singh said the state government should be grateful to the Centre for getting liberal help from it as a special category state and expressed suspicion that central funds given under the National Highway Programme was not being used properly.

He said the Ministry of Road Transport has threatened to take work from state PWD and give the projects to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

On a question regarding the vigilance case against him in the CD episode, he said former minister Vijay Singh Mankotia, who had released the CD, was used by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to gain "political weightage".

He categorically said that he had done nothing wrong and not afraid of any one but some people are still waiting for his arrest.

He pointed out that previous Dhumal government framed 24 charges against him and none was proved in the CBI inqury.

Refering to the IPL matches played in the state, he said it is a commercial game now where black money is involved.

In an apparent reference to Dhumal and his son and BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who is also the chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, the Congress leader said every father wants the uplift of his son but it should not be done at cost of the state.


First Published: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 00:15

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