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RJD MP charged with defrauding govt

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | July 27, 2005 14:37 IST
Last Updated: July 27, 2005 14:44 IST

Rashtriya Janata Dal Member of Parliament Mohammad Shahabuddin has been charged with defrauding the state government of lakhs of rupees in the purchase of land in Siwan district.

Official sources said the Accountant General Office had raised serious objection to the manner in which Shahabuddin had managed to purchase about 110 acres of government land in the name of Islamia Trust, allegedly at a much lower price.

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Sources told that the AG office had sought a detailed report in this regard from the state government within a month and had asked to initiate steps to recover the money from the purchaser.

"The defrauding of lakhs of rupees in the purchase of government land came to light when AG officials audited documents, pertaining to the sale and purchase of land in Siwan district," sources said.

In the sale of land to Shahabuddin, the government had incurred a loss of Rs 75 lakh as the price of the said piece of land was allegedly shown to be much lower than its actual price.

The land was purchased two years ago by Shahabuddin for setting up an engineering college in the district.

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