HP may cancel land allotted to Tibetans Dhumal

By: | Updated: 23 Feb 2012 05:13 AM

Shimla: Himachal
Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Thursday said his government will
cancel allotment of land by the previous Congress government to Tibetan
refugees if an ongoing probe found "any irregularity" was committed.

said the allocation of land by the Virbhadra Singh-government to exiled
Tibetans "is being enquired into".

"The Virbhadra government
himself amended (land) laws to favour Tibetans. The allocation of land
would be cancelled, if any irregularity is found," the chief minister told

The cancellation threat comes two days after Virbhadra
Singh, the union minister of micro, small and medium enterprises, slammed
the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Himachal Pradesh for
violating land laws by giving special permission to Team Anna member and
counsel Prashant Bhushan to buy property in the state.

said the land in Palampur town of Kangra district was allotted to
Bhushan's Kumud Bhushan Educational society on his request.

Singh, a five-time former chief minister and Congress leader alleged that
Bhushan's society had bought a tea garden that violated the Himachal
Pradesh Ceiling on Land Holdings Act of 1972.

The row over the
land given to Tibetans, who fled to India in 1959 with their spiritual
leader, the Dalai Lama, is in a court since November 2010.

division bench of the Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued notice to the
Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamsala, the central and state
governments regarding the case.

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First Published: 23 Feb 2012 05:13 AM
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