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Jharkhand CM nod for PE against BJP leaders

Hemant approves ACB probe on corrupt officials

Ranchi, Nov 14: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren Monday ordered the Cabinet Vigilance Department to register preliminary enquiries against five BJP leaders, four of whom are sitting MLAs and held cabinet posts in the previous government, for allegedly having assets from more than known sources of income.

Among them are current BJP MLAs Amar Kumar Bauri from Chandankyari, Randhir Singh from Sarath, Neera Yadav from Koderma, and Neelkanth Singh Munda from Khunti. Louis Marandi is a former MLA from Dumka. Earlier this year, Hemant Soren had ordered an inquiry by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) against Bauri, Yadav, Munda, Singh, and Marandi, who were all ministers in the government of Raghubar Das.

The press release issued by the Information and Public Relations Department said the matter relates to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Jharkhand High Court in 2020 and a simultaneous complaint made to the Cabinet Vigilance Department after which the ACB was asked to check the veracity of it.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has confirmed all five former ministers (of the BJP) of having disproportionate assets,” added the release. It also said the purpose of preliminary inquiry is to decide whether ‘in the interest of justice’, the matter should be inquired into.

Hemant Soren on Monday directed the state Anti-Corruption Bureau to lodge a preliminary enquiry against three revenue officials in the infamous 2011 Deoghar district land scam.

The investigation has been ordered against the then circle officers of Deoghar block Amar Prasad and Jaibardhan Kumar besides the then district registrar Rahul Choubey.

In an official statement released by the state government, these officials issued land possession certificates of 114.78 decimal of land located at Shyamganj mauza to certain land mafias. The land under question was of non-saleable category.  Besides, the nature of the land was converted from non- transferable to transferable.

Land mafias sold about 771.59 acres of non-saleable land in connivance with revenue staff and officials. The scam was exposed during the regime of the Mastram Meena when he was the Deputy Commissioner of Deoghar. Recommending vigilance inquiry of the matter, he had submitted a report of 29 such cases where documents were changed, fabricated and even destroyed to change the nature of non-saleable and non- transferable land. The scam mainly flourished during the FY 2009 and 2012.

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