The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Tuesday slammed the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana over various irregularities highlighted by the recent report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
The INLD demands that in view of the serious nature of all violations,as highlighted by the CAG,a high-level probe,by a sitting Supreme Court Justice,should be conducted in all the land release cases in the state since 2005, INLD legislators led by Abhay Chautala and Ashok Arora told the media here. The Hooda government has looted the states fertile land in collusion with the land mafia. Recently,even the Parliament was rocked by the expose of dubious land deals,fly by night operators and the patronage offered to them by the the Hooda government. Finally,the CAG too has not only taken notice of these brazen land deals but has made several adverse comments in its report, the Opposition legislators said.
The INLD leaders also quoted certain paragraphs from the CAG report. In one instance,the land acquisition process for developing residential and commercial sectors was initiated in Ratgal and Darakalan villages in Kurukeshtra in February 2002. In February 2003 under Section 6 of the Land Acquisition Act,there was a notification that 118.52 acres of land would be acquired while finally the Award was announced for acquiring 116.85 acres in February 2005. The Hooda government,however,after taking charge in 2005,made a representation in June 2005,seeking to release 34 kanals and 7 marlas and 65 kanals and 1 marla from the acquisition. This was turned down as HUDA had planned to develop a commercial belt on that land. Undeterred,the representation was again considered and accepted in October 2005 and accepted but along with that land 326 kanals of land belonging to 31 other farmers too was released under Section 48 of the Act. CAG report has raised the red flag by pointing out that once the Award has been announced the ownership of the land is of the government and that land cannot be reverted to the original owners. It is significant to note that one of the beneficiary was the then Speaker and currently Finance Minister Haryana Shri H S Chatha,Abhay Chautala and Ashok Arora alleged.
While further accusing the Hooda government of indulging in land deals,INLD legislators also referred to the issues of land release to Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Education Trust in Ullahwas village of Gurgaon,KMP Expressway and around 350 acres of land given to real estate giant DLF.