Former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor booked in plot allotment case

Shimla/October 18
Himachal’s Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau on Friday registered a case against former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor in connection with allotment of residential plot in the name of his wife in and a Dharamsala based journalist from his ‘discretionary quota’ in Dharamsala as chairman of Himachal Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA).
Vigilance and anti-corruption Bureau DIG AP Singh confirmed the development and said that a case has been registered under Prevention of corruption Act and other relevant sections of IPC.
It is worth mentioning that Krishan Kapoor had returned the plot after the matter was raised in the media but Vigilance bureau said that the process of allotment had been completed and the offence attracted various sections of IPC.
The inquiry into the matter was ordered following directions issued by a division bench of High Court comprising Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice VK Sharma in PIL filed by Arun Dev Bisht, also a resident of Dharamsala.
Hearing the petition, the division bench had asked the state government to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of misuse of power by former minister Kishan Kapoor while he was chairman of the Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) too.
The court had asked that all aspects of the matter should be inquired into by the vigilance department by an officer not below the rank of superintendent of police.
The Petitioner Arun Dev Bisht had alleged that Kapoor had misused his discretionary power when he was the HIMUDA chairman.
He said he had obtained all documents under the Right to Information Act from HIMUDA and other departments which revealed that Kapoor misused his official position to benefit himself and his relatives. The petitioner said Kapoor also allotted a residential plot by violating regulations to a journalist. Kapoor had returned the plot allotted to his wife but he could not escape the consequence of wrongdoings in the allotment, Bisht maintained in his petition.


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