The BJP on Wednesday finally questioned the state government’s controversial decision to refund Rs 21 crore to Gujarat-based Adani Group.
The Opposition asked the government to issue a white paper to inform the public about the compulsions to return the money. State BJP president Satpal Satti in a statement said the party suspects a deal with the Adani to return the upfront premium money that was paid by a Dutch company, Brakel Corporation, which had defaulted and the project was cancelled. “The rules and norms have been thrown into the winds by the Congress government to refund the money to the Adani Group,” Satti said.
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Satti said government officials were on record to allege that Brakel Corporation had caused a loss of Rs 1,200cr to the state. By offering Rs 181 crore back to the Adani Group, which had never investment in the hydel project during the bidding, had been favoured by the government. “The government must tell the people as under whose pressures this illegal decision was taken by the cabinet or there was a deal. The BJP will not sit quiet and allow money to be returned to the company. The party will soon start an agitation against the government for a dubious deal,” he threatened.
On September 4, the cabinet had taken the decision to return Rs 180.97cr to the Adani Group. The money was with the government as upfront premium paid by Brakel Corporation for 960MW hydel project in Kinnaur.
The project allotment was cancelled by the HC in 2009. Since then, Adani had been lobbying for the refund.