Report on BJP scandals to come by Oct-Nov: Congress leader

Dehra Dun: The K L Bhati inquiry commission would complete its report on the alleged scandals of the former BJP government in Uttarakhand by October-November, a top Congress leader has said.

Congress general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand, Chaudhary Birendra Singh told reporters here last evening that after the completion of the inquiry report, the government would initiate legal action against the guilty.

A decision to this effect was taken by the coordination committee of the ruling Congress, he said, adding, "those who have looted Uttarakhand should not go scot-free".

"We have decided that the report on the BJP scandals should come by Oct-Nov so that legal action can be initiated as early as possible," he said.

In this regard, he cited the example of the previous BJP government which failed to bring the report in its five-year old tenure on the alleged scandals of the N D Tiwari government. "We don`t want any inquiry where the report never comes. We have told the chief minister that we want the report and guilty should be punished".

In April this year, Bahuguna set up a one-man inquiry commission headed by Bhati, a retired IAS officer to probe a series of scandals that rocked the BJP government.

In June last year, the state Congress has submitted a chargesheet to the then president Pratibha Patil against the BJP government headed by Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on the scandals.

The commission is probing alleged irregularities in allotment of 56 hydro-power projects, Citurgia housing project, maha kumbh mela and various other projects during the tenure of former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank which also forced the BJP high command to go for a change of guard in September last year, just few months before the Assembly elections.