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National highway land use scam to trouble Congress 

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

Congress has landed in a fresh trouble in Uttarakhand. The age old Indian political party is facing tough situation due to receiving election donation from dubious people involved in National Highway land use change scam of Ruderpur.

Kumoan Commissioner D Senthil Pandiyan has conducted an inquiry in the scam and submitted a report to the Uttarakhand government for further action.

The inquiry indicates a scam of 170 crore- in which NH staff, state government staff and farmers are involved.

The scam was organized in which land was acquired for construction of national highway and by showing the agriculture land as commercial the payment was made.

Kumoan Commissioner D Senthil Pandiyan said “a big syndicate is involved in the scam and a high level probe should be conducted in the scam.”

Many of the dubious beneficiaries of the NH land use change scam provided donation to Uttarakhand Congress- by depositing the money in party's bank account .

The issue came to light during the state assembly election and Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay said at that time, “if proved doubtful, we will return the amount to the individual.”

Just by returning the amount will not help Congress as they were in government at that time.

Many are linking it with a organized scam by involving NH staff, state government staff, politicians and contractors.

Big money was made in the national highway scam in which the land use was changed in back date- estimating a loss of Rs.170 crore to state exchequer.

The Kumoan Commissioner completed the probe this week, in which he had to refer thousands of documents. He found many documents missing.

D Senthil Pandiyan has submitted the report to the Uttarakhand government. The scam took place in the highway project connecting Rampur to Kathgodam  sector and Jaspur to Khatima sector.

Congress is facing problem as many beneficiaries deposited big amounts in the party’s bank account- which was operated by one of the close aides of Harish Rawat.

The Congress was hoping of retaining power in Uttarakhand, but they had to face a big defeat in the state assembly polls.

During election time the Congress was casually treating the scam.

But, now BJP is in power in Uttarakhand and Prime Minister Narendra Modi constantly says adopting zero tolerance against corruption. So, this scandal is likely to trouble Congress further in the coming weeks.