TMC demands CBI inquiry into land acquisition at Rajarhat

Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged forcible land acquisition at Rajarhat for a satellite township on the metropolis` periphery and termed it as "largest" land scam by the Left government.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 20:26 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded a
CBI probe into the alleged forcible land acquisition at
Rajarhat for a satellite township on the metropolis` periphery
and termed it as "largest" land scam by the Left government.

"We demand a CBI inquiry into the land scam at Rajarhat,
the largest ever by the Left Front government," Partha
Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly,
demanded during a gherao of the office of the state-owned
Housing Development Corporation (HIDCO), the promoter of `New
Town`.
The senior Trinamool leader also demanded the resignation
of state Housing minister Goutam Deb, who is HIDCO chairman,
for the alleged acquisition of 25,000 hectare at Rajarhat at a
pittance from farmers for sale at a premium.

He said the Trinamool Congress would step up its
agitation and take out a procession from New Town to HIDCO
office on December 21.

Deb, who was at the HIDCO office during the gherao,
countered Chatterjee, saying "None can acquire land by force.
It is a wrong notion. HIDCO paid the right price for the land.
We acquired the land the way Railway Minister has been
acquiring land for her ministry."

"We are not bothered about rallies or demonstrations
as the land acquisition at Rajarhat was perfectly in order,"
Deb told reporters.

"I would like to ask Trinamool leaders to sit with me
and clear misconceptions about the land allotment at Rajarhat.
I reiterate there was no loophole in the land acquisition."
Senior Trinamool leader and Union Minister of State
for Urban development Saugata Roy claimed that Deb realised Rs
27,000 lakh by selling the land to industrialists at a high
price to "please Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee."

Roy alleged that one of the beneficiaries was Chandan
Basu, son of the late Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.

PTI