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Lokayukta orders probe against Badal

Chandigarh, August 29, DHNS:

The Punjab Lokayukta on Monday ordered a probe against Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and former MLA of the Akali Dal Bibi Jagir Kaur to ascertain charges of misuse of public land in the state.

Bibi Jagir Kaur, the former chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee, has been accused of misusing 12 acres of public land at Begowal village allegedly for her personal use. A complaint in this regard was filed by Punjab Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira. The Congress MLA has also accused Badal of aiding the SGPC chief in her alleged illegal pursuit.

Elections in the state are around the corner and this probe is likely to embarrass the ruling combine.

Khaira claims the land, valued at about Rs 100 crore, belongs to the village panchayat. He has alleged that Jagir Kaur got a society registered in which her daughter and son-in-law are president and secretary respectively.

Khaira accused that the society set up Sant Prem Singh International School and enrolled about 500 students. The complaint said the society misused the building infrastructure and staff of the school set up in about two acres of land. On the remaining 10 acres, rice has been planted. The school had been getting 95 per cent grant-in-aid from the Punjab government.


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