BJP backs its Mumbai leader facing FIR in land scam

Maharashtra BJP ruled out seeking resignation of its Mumbai unit president Raj Purohit against whom the Bombay HC has directed the CBI to file an FIR.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011, 21:15 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP on Wednesday ruled out
seeking resignation of its Mumbai unit President Raj Purohit
against whom the Bombay High Court has directed the CBI to
file an FIR for allegedly abusing powers as Minister in a case
related to fraudulent sale of urban land in Pune.

The name of Purohit, a former Minister of State for
Urban Development, had been deliberatively included by the
Government in an inquiry report on the land scam to divert
attention from the case, Leader of Opposition in Assembly and
BJP member Eknath Khadse said at a press conference here.
"Government orders are never issued with Ministers
signature. If the bureaucrats can create fake orders of
transferring surplus land under the ULCA (Urban Land Ceiling
and Regulation Act), Purohit`s signature can also be forged.
Prima facie, we feel the paper which contains Purohit`s
signature is fake," he said.

Khadse said BJP welcomes the court yesterday`s order
asking the Central agency to inquire the case.

Interestingly, the HC`s order came on a PIL filed by
the party`s own leader Madhav Bhandari.
"If needed, the agency is free to conduct Purohit`s
narco test because we believe he is innocent and the documents
produced in the court are not genuine," Khadse said.

The BJP leader said the Congress-NCP Government should
explain why it has decided to oppose the HC order of CBI probe
and plans to move the Supreme Court.

Hitting out at the ruling coalition, Khadse said the
Congress-NCP combine should not feel they can hide their
"sins" by implicating Purohit in the case.

PTI