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MLAs trade charges over sting CDs,INLD protests

Suspended INLD legislators today held a mock Assembly session outside the Vidhan Sabha and accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government of running a change of land use (CLU) racket in Haryana

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: April 8, 2014 2:13:57 pm

Suspended INLD legislators today held a mock Assembly session outside the Vidhan Sabha and accused the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government of running a change of land use (CLU) racket in Haryana.

Demanding an independent judicial probe into the sting CDs that rocked the Assembly on Friday,the MLAs accused the government of shielding legislators who were minting money in the name of development.

The INLD had released several video clips showing as many as seven Congress legislators and their relatives demanding money from people for getting CLUs issued in their favour.

Apprehending protests,police imposed Section 144 of the CrPC outside the Vidhan Sabha today. Since the provision bars Assembly of five or more people,the INLD MLAs formed groups of four,sat at a distance from each other and continued the protest for over an hour.

“This session was of extreme importance since we had given work-suspend motions,11 calling attention motions and over 200 questions pertaining to land scams involving the government of Haryana. Instead of ordering a thorough probe into all such scams,the government is deliberately throwing us out of the Assembly repeatedly,” said Ashok Arora,INLD state president.

Congress legislator Ram Kishan Fouji accused an INLD legislator of hatching a conspiracy at the behest of the Chautala family by creating fake and forged CDs and releasing them to tarnish the legislators’ image.

“The Chautalas deliberately targeted leaders like us who come from backward castes and work for the uplift of society. The INLD has accused Jaleb Khan of minting money in the name of CLUs,while he does not even understand what a CLU means,” Fouji said.

All the legislators accused by the INLD of being involved in the CLU racket refuted the allegations and threatened to take INLD to court for defaming them.

Congress legislator Sampat Singh said,“There was a time when Om Prakash Chautala was caught with a lots of smuggled watches. His father Chaudhary Devi Lal had called a press conference and announced that he disowned Om Prakash. These are the people who are throwing muck on others’ families. They have raised allegations on my son. I am not going to disown him. I challenge INLD or anybody else to prove if my son has done anything wrong. The government must get a thorough inquiry conduct”d.”

Hooda also slammed the Opposition for bring the charges against his government.

CM orders probe by Lokayukta

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Monday ordered a probe by the Haryana Lokayukta into the CLU-CD controversy involving seven Congress legislators and their relatives.

Hooda stated in the House that the guilty will not be spared. “All the MLAs who were named have endorsed the decision to refer the case to the Lokayukta,for which he has congratulated them. However,the MLAs have made it clear that they would file a criminal and defamation case against INLD leaders as they tried to tarnish their image for vested interests. The opposition released the CD to the media on the first day of the session. It was a pre-planned conspiracy to defame the state government.”

Earlier,MLAs including Ram Kishan Fouji,Vinod Bhayaina,Naresh Selwal,Sampat Singh,Ram Niwas Ghorela,Jaleb Khan and Jarnail Singh gave their clarifications in the House and demanded that the issue be investigated by any investigating agency.

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