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Sops to Virk kin as per policy: Govt
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16
The Punjab Government, in a reply to the Election Commission of India, has said all concessions given to the family of Director-General of Police, Punjab, Mr S.S. Virk, were permissible within the existing industrial policy of the state and similar concessions were also given to other applicants.

Sources confirmed tonight that a reply in this regard had been sent to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. Actually, the government has sent a set of two replies to the CEO, said the sources. The crucial one has been sent by the Department of Industries. It says: Col R.D.S. Virk (retd), a brother of the DGP, had applied for setting up a convention centre and hotel in Zirakpur. The concessions given to him were under an existing industrial policy applicable to agriculturists. The department has also listed the companies which were given similar concessions under the policy.

The second reply sent to the CEO is on behalf of the DGP himself. He has clarified that he just owns the land on which the project is to come up and that is the only link he has with the project. The project is yet to come up and the land is still being used for agricultural purposes, hence the matter of concessions does not arise at this stage, the DGP says.

The DGP has attached photo copies of the intimation he sent to the government at the time of the purchase of the land in 1999 after selling off his share of ancestral property.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the DGP also issued a clarification tonight in response to a statement of Mr Parkash Singh Badal. He said: “The allegations are false because in reality the project is not in existence at all and up to now only its plan is approved. The land measuring 10.5 acre, jointly owned by my elder brother and myself, is still being used for agricultural purposes only”.

He also enclosed a photograph of the land with standing wheat crop taken two days ago.

The DGP said the government had liberalised the conditions for developing agricultural land in areas close to Chandigarh. A large number of land-owners had sought approval for different projects or mega-projects.

As no development or construction work has started on the project yet, it is baseless that they had earned hundreds of crores in the transaction, as claimed by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, said Mr Virk

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