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Will Rahul Gandhi ask Haryan's CM to refer all CLU cases to Lokayuta?
With Haryana's Lokayukta Justice Pritampal recommending registration of case against Chief Parliamentary Secretary Ramkishan Fauji, the issue of grant of Change of Land Use (CLU) licences in Haryana particularly in Gurgaon has come to limelight.

Million dollar question being asked in journalistic, political and administrative circles is that will Rahul Gandhi, who is taking credit for Lokpal ask Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to refer all cases of land use change including Robert Vadhra's case and CD's of other ministers, legislators and their relatives circulated by the Indian National Lok Dal, to Lokayukta for probe and for dismissal of Fauji who had dared to challenge constitutional authority.

Not only the opposition parties, including Indian National Lok Dal, BJP, CPI (M), Janhit Congress of Kuldeep Bishnoi but Congress's MP from Gurgaon, Rao Inderjit Singh, Union Minister Kumari Selja and former All India Congress Committee Secretary General, Birender Singh has alleged from time to time that there was a massive scam in change of land use.

Nexus of builders, politicians and officers had made money beyond once imagination at the cost of farmers and end users. Haryana cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka has also exposed corruption in CLU licences.

Ironically, while Rahul Gandhi has asked Congress Chief Ministers to strengthen Lokpal in their states, here in Haryana tainted Ramkishan Fauji has dared to challenge the verdict of Lokayukta. 

Any delay on part of Hooda in taking actions against Fauji will strengthen the rumours that Hooda is shielding the Chief Parliamenraty Secretary. Even Hooda's detractor, Birender Singh has asked Fauji to consider resigning on moral grounds.

Highly placed source told that at a marathon high level meeting of officers it was decided to take cover under the terms of reference for Lokayukta enquiry. Haryana Govt. has referred the case for probing whether money was exchanged or change of land use licence granted. It was a clever move to sideline the issue as it was known fact that neither the money had exchanged hands nor the licence granted.

A top bureaucrat who had long stint in Town and Country Planning Department has come out with above face saving formula. After the story went viral, kitchen cabinet members of Hooda including S.S. Dhillon, Principal Secretary; T.C. Gupta, Town Planning chief; former Union Minister Vinod Sharma and advisor Home P.V. Rathi had long discussions.

According to political observers Hooda is in catch-22 situation because if he acts against Ram Kishan Fauji it will open pandora's box and if he shields Fauji it will cost Congress heavily in the coming polls.

According to the sources, Govt. may send the matter for legal opinion. Officers in the office of Chief Minister and those who had served or are serving in Town and Country Planning and Haryana Urban Development Authority are panicky that skeletons in their cupboard will come in open.

Lokayukta has commented that although exchange of money not proved but he cannot remain silent on the basis of affidavits of those who had conducted sting operation and verification of CD.

A senior I.A.S officer connected with the department had boasted that although God makes luck but he also makes luck with pen pointing towards change of land use from agricultural to commercial. When 2G spectrum scam was hitting media headlines, a senior officer had commented that if probe is ordered in change of land use cases then people will forget the 2G scam.

For setting up hotel, school, farm house or resorts etc. on agricultural land, one has to get CLU licence from the Govt. The file for this purpose is prepared at local office of Town and Country Planning Department and is cleared at highest level reportedly on instructions of chief minister. Although Govt. also gets revenue as licence fee but allegedly big amounts change hands when CLU is granted reportedly under the table.

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