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Vigilance to probe Baba Ramdev’s land deal with Dhumal govt

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh directed the state Vigilance Bureau to look in to the matter and file an FIR.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: July 22, 2015 10:05 pm
Baba ramdev, ramdev himachal pradesh Ramdev was allotted 21 acres of prime land near Sadhupul in Solan district by the Dhumal government in 2010 to set up a fruit processing unit, a herbal garden, besides an ayurvedic and medicines manufacturing plant of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust. (Source: Express photo)

After putting the state Vigilance agency on look out for property cases against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today hinted at fresh trouble for yoga guru Baba Ramdev in Himachal Pradesh.

After alleging that Ramdev was allotted the land at a throw away price, CM Virbhadra said that the land given to Patanjali yogpeeth trust was not the one approved for transfer.

“He (Baba Ramdev) has in fact been given another land, which was never allotted to him, said CM Virabhadra Singh.

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The chief minister directed the state Vigilance Bureau to look in to the matter and file an FIR.

“He is a yoga guru but illegalities committed by the state officers and few politicians who had their own interests in the venture will be booked,” he said.

The said land was given on a lease of Rs 17 lakh for 99 years . The agreement was signed by the government with Acharaya Balkrishan, a close aide of baba Ramdev .

Virbhadra also conveyed his pleasure to the state Vigilance Bureau for not taking its job seriously in probing land deals that happened during the BJP regime.  He has also threatened to make a list of assets of Prem Kumar Dhumal, both in the state and outside, public.

Initially, the congress government had proposed to refer the matter to the CBI but now Virbhadra told The Indian Express that “since the CBI has been completely saffronised by the NDA by posting several Gujarat-cadre officers, I will prefer to get the probe done by own agency in the state” .

Ramdev was allotted 21 acres of prime land near Sadhupul in Solan district by the Dhumal government in 2010 to set up a fruit processing unit, a herbal garden, besides an ayurvedic and medicines manufacturing plant of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, which he heads .

Virbhadra Singh government on return to power in 2012 cancelled the land deal and took possession of the land, just hours before yoga guru could launch his venture.

The state high court later had ordered the state government to maintain a status quo after ramdev’s trust filed a petition challenging the government order for forcible takeover of the property given by the earlier government.

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    rocky
    Jul 22, 2015 at 10:28 pm
    Congress cabal was desperately trying to pin down Ram Dev but could not. Now you expect BJP to do the same to one of its main supporters? Besides, Ram Dev has put the land to good productive use fir the benefit of the society. Catch Vadra instead.
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    1. Ruth Mesa
      Jul 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm
      It is said and seen by overseas yog students, that Ramdevji has only two pairs of Clothes. One he waers other are washed daily and dried to be worn next day. Ramdevji never accepts to sleep on the bed but insists to sleeps on the floor. All the money made by Patanjali trusts, is invested back to create more . Trust projects. Trust looks after more pay patients in a day then Certain state hospitals in a month. Certain parties tried to muscle in trust businesses, by hook or crook. Brinda Karat has not given up. Patanjali Trust is truly owned by all of us, ie thousands of Patanjali Yoga Members, Students Ayurveda patients. patients.
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        vijai
        Jul 23, 2015 at 1:00 am
        So what. Nothing can exonerate him if he is guilty of any crime.If not then there is nothing to worry.Law should be allowed to take it's course
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        1. Idikkula Nair
          Jul 22, 2015 at 10:52 pm
          Babas can cheat some people for a long time of everyone for a short time. But he cant cheat everyone forever. Like Asaram, he will have his time. Till that, let him enjoy political protection.
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            avi
            Jul 23, 2015 at 3:33 am
            They are all the same, politicians, babus, goons .unholy men,religious preachers and all want wealth to take along with them for after life !
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