RAIPUR: A ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislator on Tuesday demanded a probe by a House committee in a land scam involving a private builder, in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha. He alleged that the builder had encroached upon government land and developed residential colonies in the state capital. He also alleged that the fraud took place in connivance with government officials.
Raising the issue through a call attention notice, BJP legislators Devji Bhai Patel and Nandkumar Sahu alleged the realtor concerned had grabbed about 200 acres of government land, carved out residential plots and sold them with the help of officials from town and country planning department, revenue department and registration department.
"It's a chain of racket. The builder gave plots either to the officials or in the name of their relatives," Patel said adding that builder Sanjay Bajpai was arrested by the police on June 26 but the police is yet to register criminal cases against the officials. "The encroachment on government land is yet to be cleared. Town and country planning department did not cancel the permission granted as many senior officials have bought plot in this illegal colony," he added.
Patel alleged that the government was trying to save others involved in the land scam by suspending one officer. He demanded confiscation of the builder's property to protect the interest of the masses who have bought plots in Swagat Vihar Colony with their hard earned money. He also demanded a probe to find out whether the colonies, being developed by private builders, were following the provisions of Colonisers Act so as to ensure that they provided all necessary basic amenities required under law.
Though revenue minister Dayaldas Baghel sought to explain the steps taken by government saying that the builder was arrested, the BJP legislator sought an inquiry by the house committee in the scam. The minister's reply was not audible as the opposition Congress legislators were shouting slogans from the well of the House over the issue of Maoist attack in Bastar on May 25.