Gehlot trying to shield land scam accused: BJP

The BJP on Thursday accused Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of "shielding" the main accused in a land scam in Jodhpur district`s Phalodi area.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

Jaipur: The BJP on Thursday accused Rajasthan
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of "shielding" the main accused in
a land scam in Jodhpur district`s Phalodi area.

"Close to 25,600 bighas of agricultural land in Jodhpur
district were sold fraudulently to companies in Delhi and
Mumbai without the knowledge of the farmers," said party`s
national secretary Kirit Somaiya here.

"While action is being taken against those who were
involved at the mid-level, the main accused, Munni Bai from
Madhya Pradesh, is being shielded by the government," he
claimed.

Somaiya also claimed that Munni Bai had met Gehlot and
tried to influence the probe into the scam.

Demanding the investigation be handled in a more "serious
manner", the BJP asked officials to take immediate action
against the companies allegedly involved in the illegal
purchase of agricultural land.

PTI