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Ready to face probe in CLU case: Punjab min Bharat Bhushan Ashu

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Press Trust of India Chandigarh
Punjab minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who is at the centre of a controversy over his alleged role in a matter related to unlawful change of land use norms in Ludhiana, said Monday he was ready to face probe but Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ruled out any "arbitrary action" in the case.
The chief minister said the law will take its course when the opposition demanded Ashu's resignation as food and civil supplies minister in the state assembly.
The assembly witnessed uproarious scenes over the Ludhiana Change of Land Use (CLU) case with the main opposition Aam Aadmi Party twice walking out of the House on the issue.
As the Question Hour began on the last day of the budget session, AAP legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, raised the matter and sought Ashu's resignation.
After storming into the Well, they demanded that an audio clip purportedly connected with the case be played in the House.
Though the Speaker urged them to not disrupt the Question Hour, they refused to budge.
Ashu said he was ready to be investigated in the case.
"If I am found guilty, I am ready to face action," said the Ludhiana MLA.
He also said a House committee can initiate a probe against him.
On Saturday, AAP alleged that a private builder in Ludhiana was granted CLU certificate in violation of norms.
It alleged that names of Ashu, another Congress leader and three senior officers have cropped up in an inquiry report on the matter.
Later talking to media, an Akali Dal leader alleged that Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in connivance with AAP had tried to implicate the minister in the case.
Akali leader Pawan Kumar Tinu had raised the issue during the Zero Hour.
He sought explanation from Sidhu as he was holding the respective department.
Amid uproar by opposition members in the House, the chief minister ruled out any "arbitrary action" against anyone in the case.
He made it clear that action cannot be initiated based on only media reports and accused the opposition of "baying for Ashu's blood".
Singh said the local government department, headed by Sidhu, has already initiated an inquiry into the matter. He said the opposition was "trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill".

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First Published: Feb 25 2019 | 10:55 PM IST

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