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Fir Against Digvijays Deputy, Minister Filed In Land Scam


The special police establishment of Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta has registered a first information report (FIR) against state Deputy Chief Minister Pyarelal Kanwar, cooperative minister B R Yadav and five senior India Administrative Service (IAS) officers for their alleged involvement in allotting land at Madhataal in Jabalpur district to the Motor Parts Dealer Association.

The FIR was filed on Wednesday as per an order given by Lokayukta G P Singh on December 30 when he found the seven persons prima facie guilty for their alleged involvement in allotting 52.13 acres of land, worth over Rs 13 crore, for only Rs 16 lakh to the association, and directed that a case be registered against them. The FIR has been filed under Sections 13(1), 13(1) (d) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 468, 471, and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code.

Lokayukta sources said that information about the FIR had been given to the court, but added that no challan had been filed as yet.

The five senior IAS officers named in the FIR are Hoshiyar Singh, U K Samal, S P Trivedi, S P Shukla and M L Mittal.

All the five IAS officials named in the FIR had been associated with the revenue department at various levels.

As per the FIR, these persons, even while being public servants, misused their office and hatched a criminal conspiracy to issue an order which was forged and based on distorted facts.

Because of this, the motor parts association was given a an illegal benefit which caused a loss of crore of rupees to the government, the FIR said.

The revenue department had suo moto begun action to allot the land to the association in 1982-83, although it filed an application in this regard only in 1987.

Meanwhile, Kanwar and Yadav denied that there was any possibility of their resigning because of the FIR.

The two said that they had given Chief Minister Digvijay Singh every right to take any action in the matter.

The Chief Minister is currently in New Delhi and is expected to return here on January 5.

First Published: Sat, January 04 1997. 00:00 IST