Friday, July 29, 2011

CBI probe demanded

Manoj Chaurasia
PATNA, 28 JULY: A PIL was today filed in the Patna High Court, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the allotment of prime industrial land by the Bihar Industrial Area Development authority (BIADA) to relatives of ministers, legislators and bureaucrats. The PIL, filed by a former RJD legislator, Mr Satish Paswan, is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.
In the PIL, the petitioner has pleaded that the court cancelled the allotment of land to influential persons alleging they were done by throwing the established norms to the winds. He also annexed several news clippings highlighting alleged irregularities in land allotment to influential persons.
The development comes two days after the chief secretary, Mr Anoop Mukherjee, gave a clean chit to the beneficiaries in question. Mr Mukherjee in his inquiry report said: “The allotments of industrial plots to persons concerned were made in keeping with the settled norms”. The chief secretary had conducted the probe on the directive of the chief minister after the Opposition caused a ruckus in the state Assembly alleging gross irregularities in allotment of industrial land.
The Opposition seems to be in no mood to let go the issue easily which, they believe, has the ingredients to expose the much-publicised “good governance” of the Nitish Kumar government and finally dethrone it. Even JD-U rebels have joined the Opposition’s demand for a CBI probe into the alleged land scam.
Yesterday RJD chief Mr Lalu Prasad, breaking his six month of self-imposed silence on Bihar affairs, declared a war against the “scam-ridden” government saying the Nitish Kumar government had lost the moral right to continue in power.

“I will unseat the government right in the middle of its five-year term,” said the RJD chief at a press conference, saying he would lead a protest march in Patna on 11 October to expose the rampant corruption in government and its failures on all fronts. He plans to visit every village and seek the support of the people in throwing out the “corrupt” government.

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