Hot on the heels of cancelling the lease deed of land allotted to yoga teacher Ramdev’s trust, the Himachal Pradesh Government has started a probe into alleged illegalities in allotment of land to a trust owned by social activist Prashant Bhushan in Kangra.

“We have sought replies from revenue officials on 11 queries in respect of 4.68 hectare land purchased by Kumud Bhushan Education Society of Prashant Bhushan and necessary follow-up action would be taken in case land laws and Land Ceiling Act were violated in granting the permission by previous BJP government,” said Revenue Minister Kaul Singh Thakur.

Mr. Bhusan’s trust was given land by the previous BJP government, which had also allotted land to Ramdev’s trust.

“In fact, the Government has decided to probe all land deals in violation of Section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act and Land ceiling Act and other benami land deals during the BJP regime and will take necessary action,” he added.

The sale deed of the land was registered before a local registrar on March 4, 2010, and Revenue officials are scrutinising the relevant documents for preparing the report to be sent to the Government for follow-up action. - PTI

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