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Jun 15, 2007 at 06:33pm IST

Vadodara land scam: HC whips govt

New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to initiate legal proceedings against the Chief Secretary and seven others in connection with the land scam in Vadodara.

The government has been given a time frame of four weeks to give a sanction for inquiry against the officials involved in the scam. The state government's sanction is necessary before the Anti-Corruption Bureau can initiate proceedings against government employees.

The order comes on a case filed by Vadodara-based activist Parimal Bhatt. In his application, Bhatt contends that the officials were involved illegally transfer government land to private parties.

The official, he alleges, favoured a builder and allotted him land which was reserved for economically weaker sections under a government scheme. Bhatt alleged that the government had acquired 13,000 sq m of land in Atladara village near Vadodara in 1986.

Bhatt claimed he had filed an application in Vadodara District and Sessions Court seeking registration of cases against these officials under Prevention of Corruption Act.

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