Owning houses in the US: Assam CM rubbishes claim

Last Updated: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 18:06

Guwahati: Taking strong exception to a rights leader`s claim that Tarun Gogoi`s wife, daughter and
son-in-law owned five houses in the US, the Assam Chief
Minister on Monday said he will file defamation and criminal cases
against the activist.

"In forty years of my political career, there has
never been such baseless allegation against me. One of the
photos is of my son-in-law`s hostel building in Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in USA where he studied. The rest are
photos of houses he had rented there," the Chief Minister told
reporters here.

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi
had alleged on Saturday that Gogoi`s wife Dolly, their
daughter and son-in-law acquired five houses in the US valued
at Rs 17.18 crore with public money.

"My wife and daughter are not in politics. Why is
Akhil dragging in their names? My wife can never own a house
in the US as Indians are not allowed to buy property there.
She will go to jail," he said.

Referring to BJP leaders LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari
who had asked him yesterday to protest Akhil`s allegations if
they were false, Gogoi said, "Even Advani and Gadkari didn`t
believe in Akhil`s claim. Else why will they ask me to file a
defamation case against Akhil?"

Noting that his wife would file an FIR and criminal
and civil cases within a day or two, Gogoi said, "Then I will
file a defamation case against Gogoi."

He said when the Adarsh Housing scam created such a
furore, allegation of him owning five houses in the US would
have had unprecedented reaction at the national level.


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First Published: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 18:06

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