`Land scams` rock Uttarakhand

Last Updated: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 14:09

Dehradun: Leaders of both ruling BJP and
opposition Congress in Uttarakhand are now battling `land
scam` allegations.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank has come under
fire from the Opposition for changing the land use of a
biochemical factory at Rishikesh. Leader of Opposition H S
Rawat and PCC chief Yashpal Arya alleged that it was done to
provide benefits to some BJP leaders.

Nishank, however, denied allegations of any irregularity
in the Rs 400 crore Rishikesh housing project where land use
pattern of 30 acres of land of Citurgia Biochemicals Limited
was changed for housing purposes.

"I can say with authority that the land use pattern of
the project was changed strictly under the guidelines of BIFR
(Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction). There was
no irregularity of any kind, not even of a single paisa,"
Nishank said.

Rawat, who had been vociferously raising the issue in and
outside the assembly, is also finding himself at the centre of
a raging controversy.

Mahmud Hasan, a local farmer, has approached the minority
commission with a complaint alleging that more than 100 bighas
of land at Sahaspur area in Dehradun district belonging to a
woman from New Delhi was "fraudulently transferred" in the
name of Rawat`s wife and another woman.

Nishank has said the complaint is being "looked into"
while Rawat has strongly denied the allegations and dared the
government to order a CBI probe into the matter.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 14:09
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