Govt to seek legal opinion on Chautalas’ trust properties

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said that the committee that handed in a report on properties that were allegedly ‘grabbed’ by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 1:16 pm

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said that the committee that handed in a report on properties that were allegedly ‘grabbed’ by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) president Om Prakash Chautala and his family members through trusts,will send its recommendations to the governments concerned for further action.

Replying to a Calling Attention Motion on the issue,moved by Congress MLA Naresh Sharma,Hooda said that the government will seek legal opinion on the future course of action on the properties that were allegedly grabbed in various states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The probe committee’s report will also be sent to these states and the Chandigarh Administration,the chief minister said. Alleging that the value of the land taken by the Chautalas is worth crores,Hooda further said that the onus was on the state governments concerned to take action against the defaulters.

According to a CAG report,a plot in Chandigarh alone is worth Rs 89 crore. The chief minister asserted that the report submitted by a committee headed by Bharat Bhushan Batra was unbiased and based entirely on facts. The committee had urged the state government to request to the Centre,the Delhi government and the Chandigarh Administration to initiate an inquiry to take action against these trusts and societies. It also recommended that the matter may be investigated by the Income Tax authorities as well as by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. In an adverse report,the committee held that these properties were allotted to the trusts and societies run by the Chautalas in grave violation of rules and by committing various irregularities.

The probe panel had investigated the Jan Sewa Trust,Devi Lal Memorial Trust and Devi Lal Memorial Society. The Devi Lal Memorial Trust has acquired properties at Sirsa,Chandigarh,Hisar,Kaithal,Narnaul and Jhajjar,among others,and has also established a Centre of Excellence and Learning at Sector 28,Chandigarh. The Devi Lal Trust also runs educational institutions.

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