SAD demands CBI probe into land transfer to RIL
Chandigarh, May 9 (UNI) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said it would challenge the Punjab government's land transfer deals with the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and also appeal to the court for a CBI probe into such deals.
Addressing a press conference here, SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party and the people of the state would never tolerate the transfer of prime land in Mohali and at other places, owned by Punjab Mandi Board across the state, to the RIL at throwaway prices.
''We will also approach the Principal Auditor General Punjab to seize the records and evaluate the loss caused to the state in this scam which runs into more than Rs 5,000 crore, the biggest land scam in the country so far,'' Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
He said the SAD took strong exception to the deal in which 20 acres of prime land near Mohali railway station, having a market price of Rs 1,000 crore and owned by the Punjab Mandi Board, was being given to RIL at an unbelievable price of just Rs 1.93 crore.
Mr Badal said he had received reports that Punjab Mandi Board had been directed to identify and transfer all its land in other parts of the state to RIL on lease at throwaway prices.
The SAD leader said that Chief MInister Capt Amarinder Singh had recently chaired a meeting of heads of Mandi Board, Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation (PSIEC) and Director Panchayats and instructed the officials to identify their land across the state and hand it over to the RIL at the price at which it was acquired by their departments many years back.
Mr Badal said that the rules and regulations were being violated in the process of transfer of land at different places to the RIL.
He said there was no provision in the Mandi Board Rules to sell the land to private parties on acquisition price.
Further, he said, such land could be sold only through open auction.
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