Former Congress Urban Development minister Shanti Dhariwal will face the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) today around 2 pm. The Congress Party would hold a support rally near the Congress headquarters. The party claims that summoning the minister is only part of BJP’s strategy of political revenge and there is no substance in the allegations.
The Rajasthan ACB probing the land scam has summoned Dhariwal for questioning in the case, which has dented the image of the Congress in the state.
Dhariwal was first asked to appear before ACB on Oct 9 and later on Oct 16. Dhariwal had asked for time, saying he needed to collect documents in his defence.
ACB is expected to ask four important questions like whether Dhariwal’s signatures are indeed there on the land documents, what action was taken against those found accused in the land scam and if Jaipur Development Authority had not filed an FIR, why wasn’t related action taken against those who were found indulging in corruption.
Dhariwal faces arrest over alleged illegal transfer of a piece of land to a construction company as he was the minister for urban development in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in 2011.
The ACB had lodged an FIR on December 3, 2014 in the land scam in which the Gehlot government in 2011 reversed a decision of the first Raje government in 2005 against giving a single deed to the firm, Ganpati Constructions, for three khasras of agriculture land in Jaipur’s Jagatpura area.
The 28 bigha piece of land registered for use by a housing society Rajendra Griha Nirman Shakari Samiti, pegged at over Rs 300 crore, was reportedly transferred to Ganpati Construction company through a single land deed, only for a nominal amount by government officials illegally.
The company owner Shailendra Garg is already in jail. ACB has already arrested RAS officer Nishkam Diwakar— who has been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
The agency is also on the lookout for G S Sandhu, the former principal secretary in the urban housing development department.