Booth scam probe: BJP seeks CBI inquiry

The BJP unit demanded a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in allotment of booths in the Chandigarh in which top Congress leaders, including a Union Minister, have been indicted.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 19:04 PM IST

Chandigarh: The BJP unit on Thursday demanded a
CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in allotment of
booths in the city in which top Congress leaders, including a
Union Minister, have been indicted.

Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon along with a delegation
of party members submitted a memorandum in this regard to
Punjab governor Shivraj V Patil.

"The report presented by the then Additional Deputy
Commissioner P Shergill should be made public," Tandon said in
his memorandum and added that all record pertaining to the
scam should be sealed immediately.

Meanwhile, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan
Kumar Bansal, who has been accused in the scam, described the
allegations as "baseless" and suggested that Patil should
refer the matter to the CBI.

Congressmen, including former city Mayor termed the report
as "bias against Congressmen."

UT`s former Additional Deputy Commissioner PS Shergill,
who had probed the irregularities in the allotment of over
2500 booths during 2002 and 2008, had also recommended a CBI
inquiry into the scandal involving crores of rupees.

In his inquiry report submitted to the UT administration,
Shergill had found direct or indirect involvement of the
city-based Congress leaders and top administration and police
officials.

Along with Congress leaders officials of Chandigarh police
and Union Territory Estate Office have also have come
under scanner in connection with the alleged irregularities.

Besides Bansal, UT adviser Pradip Mehra, former Mayor
Pradeep Chhabra, former DC RK Rao, three DSPs and eight
officials of the UT estate office have been accused of making
around 90 fraudulent allotments of booths in certain sectors.

PTI