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Activists are making allegations without evidence: Sardesai

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

today said the activists who have made allegations against him in the alleged land conversion scam are aping

Like the chief minister, they are making allegations without giving evidence, and will apologise later, he said.

Hundreds of people held a protest rally here last month demanding scrapping of the Regional Plan 2021 of

The protesters alleged that several politicians including Sardesai, who is the for town planning, benefited from the plan, and illegally converted their 'orchard lands' into 'settlement zones' (where construction is allowed).

"We asked them to come up with the proof of such conversion, but they didn't," told reporters after chairing a meeting of the

"This is typical Kejriwal style...and then you will give apology. Somebody starts filing defamation cases, then the apology is also automatic," he said, referring to an apology tendered by the chief in a defamation case.

A five-member experts' committee set up to investigate the allegations did not get any evidence from the activists, said.

One of the plots of land, which is in his wife's name, was never converted from an orchard to a settlement as alleged, he said.

"I applied for a fresh zoning certificate from the town planning department. It still shows as an orchard (in the certificate)," he said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:35 IST