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Himachal government orders probe into Prashant Bhushan's land deals

Himachal government orders probe into Prashant Bhushan's land deals

The AAP leader's Kumud Bhushan Educational Society was allowed to purchase 4.68 hectare land meant for a tea plantation.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government on Monday ordered a probe into Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan's land deals in the state. The state government asked the Deputy Commissioner of Kangra to investigate the matter.

Sources said that the government will take action in the case once the report comes out.

A trust run by Bhushan had been allowed to buy 15 acres of tea estate to run an educational institution in violation of the rules.

The AAP leader's Kumud Bhushan Educational Society was allowed to purchase 4.68 hectare land meant for a tea plantation by the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

However, according to the state's laws, land-use of a tea garden could not be changed as these are exempted under the ceiling act.

It was alleged that the land, worth several crores of rupees in Palampur in Kangra district, was given to the educational society for just a few lakh rupees.

The sale deed of the land in Palampur, some 250 km from shimla, was registered by Bhushan's educational society in March 2010.

first published:February 10, 2014, 18:46 IST