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Report on mining auctions an attempt to give clean chit to

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The today termed the Justice Narang panel report on alleged irregularities in sand mining auctions in an "attempt" by Chief Minister "to give clean chit" to his cabinet colleague.

Leader of Opposition in Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged the "belated" and "pre-meditated" inquiry ordered by the chief minister into the alleged scam was a "tailor-made exercise", to absolve minister Rana Gurjeet Singh of the accusations through a "handpicked and controversial commission head".

The chief minister had ordered constitution of the one- man commission following allegations involving cabinet minister Rana Gurjeet Singh in the sand mining auctions conducted by the Department of Mining in May this year.

The panel handed over the report to the chief minister yesterday.

Khaira today told reporters, "The Justice Narang Commission report is an attempt by the chief minister to waste the public money to give clean chit to a minister."

He said by failing to take action against a corrupt minister, the claims of about zero tolerance to corruption have fallen flat.

"The whole exercise was farce and done just to give clean chit to Rana Gurjeet," the leader claimed.

The inquiry panel had been set up after giving ample time to the "accused" minister, to do a cleanup job of his and his company accounts, Khaira alleged.

Claiming that the terms of reference of the Commission notified by the government also raiseddoubt on an impartial inquiry, he said, "The fight against the corrupt minister will be taken to the logical conclusion and the will knock the doors of the and Haryana High Court.

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First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 19:42 IST