Cong says will not shield Rajiv Shukla in Mumbai land case

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SummaryCongress said it had "not spared anyone" and even "big ministers have been sent to jail"

Clearly distancing itself from Union minister Rajiv Shukla, who is embroiled in a controversy after getting prime land in Mumbai for an organisation headed by his wife, the Congress Friday said it had “not spared anyone” and even “big ministers have been sent to jail”.

The minister of state for parliamentary affairs is under the scanner for the allotment of 2,821 sq m plot in Andheri to BAG Films Education Society, chaired by his wife Anuradha Prasad, for Rs 98,735.

Shukla has sought to put a lid on the controversy by meeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and offering to return the plot if there was any irregularity in the allotment.

Asked about BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s complaint in connection with the allotment, Chavan told The Indian Express: “Yes, I have got a letter from him. The government is looking into it.”

Somaiya had alleged that land worth over Rs 100 crore had been given to the society and the state government had deserved the plot meant for a primary school to give it to Shukla.

The BJP leader had also alleged that another plot in Andheri measuring 3,534 sq m, which was reserved for a playground, was given to BAG Films Education Society on a 15-year lease for just Rs 6,309.

“If some facts have come out through RTI, there are examples in this country of legal action being taken on the basis of those facts...The Congress’ stand is clear. Big ministers have been sent to jail. We have not spared anyone. The DMK withdrew support to us, we did not even think about saving our government...We will not talk about individuals,” Congress spokesman Bhakta Charan Das said when asked about the controversial allotment.

Asked if Shukla should resign, Das said the truth should come out.

“I am hearing it from you. The truth should come out. We will tell you what the party will do when truth comes out and legal action is taken on the basis of that truth.”

Asked if he should resign if there is truth in the allegations, he said, “If there is truth, anybody should resign.”

Shukla, when reached for comment, claimed there was no irregularity in the allotment at a concessional rate as the society intended to construct a school there and not undertake any commercial activity.

“Why is the commercial value of the plot being talked about? The society did not plan to do

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