Punjab CM shielding SGPC chief in land grab scam?

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Chandigarh, Aug 30: After Karnataka Lokpal, it is the the Punjab Lokpal now to expose a recent land grabbing case. On Monday, Aug 29 the Punjab Lokpal ordered an inquiry into complaint on 'illegal occupation' of prime government land in Kapurthala district by former SGPC chief Jagir Kaur at the alleged command of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

A petition was filed before the Lokpal alleging that 12 acres of prime government land of Nagar Panchayat, Begowal estimated to have a market price of Rs 100 crore had been illegally occupied by Kaur, who is also the chairperson of Kapurthala District Planning Board. The complainant also alleged that Kaur had the backing of Badal on the issue.

"The grant in aid is being misused and 500 children studying in the school are not getting basic facilities. Fees had been collected from them and deposited in Kaur's private account," the petition alleged.

Kaur had also given top position to her daughter and son-in-law in the school administration, it claimed while maintaining, "The chief minister is shielding Kaur in the misuse of government land."

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