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How Gehlot tried to grab public land at cheap rates

How Gehlot tried to grab public land at cheap rates

Author: Lokpal Sethi
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 26, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/152347/How-Gehlot-tried-to-grab-public-land-at-cheap-rates.html

Launching a major offensive against Ashok Gehlot, the BJP has come out with documents revealing that in his previous term as the Chief Minister, Gehlot had tried to get a large plot of Government land allotted at a throwaway price to a trust managed by him.

BJP State chief Om Prakash Mathur claimed that how at the fag end of his term, Gehlot had allotted 12,500 m of land, which had a market price of over Rs 31 core, at Rs 57 lakh. The Jaipur Development Authority had allotted this land to the trust, named after his father Jadugar Kamal Laxman Singh Gehlot Art and Culture Charitable Trust. At that time Ashok Gehlot was its managing trustee.

The BJP has come out with these allegations within two days after Gehlot Government had constituted a three-member commission to probe into the irregularities during the BJP Government.

Earlier, the police had registered a case against former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and five others for cheating the Government to get allotment of prime land in the name Deendayal Upadhayay Memorial Trust at a throwaway price during the BJP rule.

Mathur said other than taking such cases to the courts, the party would take it to the people. When asked why the BJP Government did not order probe in such cases, he said the party was not expecting Gehlot to stoop too low.

According to the documents, on March 20, 2003, when the Assembly election was just six-month away Aanad Awasthi and Mahipal Gupta, two members of this trust, approached JDA, which allotted about 20,000 mt of land either at village Bilwa or Mangalayavas, near Jaipur. The Land Price Committee of the JDA met on April 5 and agreed to give 12,500 m of land near village Kishanpur. This land was considered a prime land. The land was allotted at the rate of Rs 1,650 per m, where as market price of the land was not less than Rs 25,000 per m.

After getting the land allotted, the trustees wrote a letter to the Government asking it to allot the land at a token price of Rs 1 or Rs 2 per m. On June 12, the JDA agreed to reduce the price by 50 per cent. Not satisfied with these decision, the trustees again approached to the Government, which on October 6, agreed to reduced the price to 25 per cent of the initial allotment price of Rs 1,650 per m.

Accordingly it asked the trust to deposit Rs 56,71,900 to get the possession of the land.

Mathur said as by that time Assembly election was its way, which saw a change in Government. As the trust failed to deposit the money, the BJP Government cancelled the allotment.


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