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J&K: Congress MP nailed in major land grab case


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
Oct 27, 2012 at 06:31pm IST

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir vigilance commission has nailed Congress MP Chowdhary Lal Singh in a major land grab case, and the Omar Abdullah government in the state is slated to find it difficult to ignore the charges against him.

In a confidential letter to the Chief Minister's secretariat, accessed by CNN-IBN, the Vigilance Commissioner has said the powerful Congress MP illegally occupied over 92 kanals of government land in Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district.

These confidential vigilance documents sent to CM's secretariat establish what has been a common knowledge in Karandi village where MP and former minister has encroached land of poor villagers and the state. So far the cries of victims have not been heard, and even the strong memo by the anti-corruption body has not made any difference.

The case first surfaced in 2006 when Ghulam Nabi Azad was the Chief Minister of the state, and despite verifications by state revenue authorities and a vigilance probe, no action was taken against the Congress leader.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Lal Singh denied the allegations. He instead blamed RTI activists for defaming him. He said, "Charges against me are baseless, this RTI group is always targeting leaders of the Congress. Why don't they seek RTI queries about National Conference leaders? This land is not in my name."

While the RTI activist has again written to the Chief Minister demanding action against the MP, the government is unlikely to act against Singh. In his recent remarks on corruption, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it was impossible to curb corruption in a coalition government and asked people to choose a single party to weed out corruption in the country.

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