Guj Cong leaders meet prez, seek graft probe against Modi govt

Cong says probe by a national investigation body necessary to ensure fairness


Sweta Ranjan | June 3, 2011

Congress state in charge for Gujarat Mohan Prakash and others from the state unit of the party met president Pratibha Patil and submitted a memorandum alleging large scale corruption by the state's BJP government headed by Narendra Modi

Prakash, state party unit chief Arjun Modhwadia, leader of opposition in the Gujarat assembly Shakti Singh Gohil and 40 MLAs and six MPs met the president at her residence here on Friday. They submitted a 1,000 page memorandum, documentary proof and a CD alleging corruption to the tune of Rs 1,00,000 crore in the state perpetrated by several minister including chief minister Modi.

They sought to draw the president's attention to the "unwarranted largesse" extended to industrialits and corporates in the state. They claimed that the state ex-chequer had incurred heavy losses because of the land grants and concessions afforded to the industrialists close to the ruling party's bigwigs. They condemned the rampant "misuse of office and powers" by the state government.

According to the state unit of the Congress, Gujarat governmnent had granted a Rs33,000 crore concession to Tata's nano project.

"Lobbyist Niira Radia was involved in the negotiations between Tata and Gujarat. There is a good reason to suspect corruption," a Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee leader pointed out at press conference here.

Graft was also alleged in the allotment of land to the Adani group for the Mundra port and SEZ. The memorandum also contained allegations of land allotment in the capital Gandhinagar to industrialists at nominal rates, without any an auction

The group requested the president for initiating probes into the corruption charges levelled at state government functionaries. They also demanded legal action against those named in graft cases under the prevention of corruption act and the IPC.

"We have requested the president to intervene as state machinery is colluding with the government. Some IAS officers have started behaving like personal employees of ministers," Prakash said.

"In the interest of fair and impartial probes, we are seeking investigations by the CBI and other national investigation bodies," he added.




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