Virbhadra nod for vigilance probe against Dhumal govt

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has cleared the government’s proposal to allow the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe corruption allegations against the previous BJP government.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: April 16, 2014 4:12:11 pm

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has cleared the government’s proposal to allow the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau to probe corruption allegations against the previous BJP government.

A fortnight ago,AICC general secretary Birender Singh had asked the Chief Minister,during a meeting of the PCC office-bearers,to probe all corruption charges listed in a “charge-sheet” that the Congress had submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee when in opposition.

In response,Virbhadra had announced that the government will try to get the original copy of the “chargesheet” and refer the case to the Vigilance. While the state government is yet to receive it,the Chief Minister has decided to give his nod for the probe.

“It’s true,the Chief Minister has made the orders. Once we get the original copy and communication from the Rashtrapati Bhawan,the government will take necessary steps to probe the allegations. Since even earlier it was the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau that inquired into earlier charge-sheet of the BJP,the government will do the same,” confirmed Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy.

The 80-page chargesheet,drafted by a committee headed by Transport Minister G S Bali,questions the role of some ministers in the previous government in alleged illegal land deals including those relating to private universities.

“There have been massive land scams and favouritism during the BJP government. The party has asked the government to hold an impartial inquiry into the corruption of the BJP government. The people must know the truth although the chief minister has made it clear that there will be no witch-hunting,” said PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu.

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