Former BJP minister booked in fraud case


State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau booked former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor on Thursday for the allotment of a prime residential plot in Dharamshala on his and his wife’s name being the head of urban development authority, a police official said.

Deputy Inspector General (Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau), Mr. A.P. Singh told reporters that a case against misuse of power has been registered against Mr. Kapoor, while he was the chairman of Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) under the prevention of Corruption Act.

Mr. Singh said that the case was registered after the state high court hearing a petition on August 2, ordered a probe into the allotment of a prime residential plot in Dharamshala to Kapoor’s wife when he was heading an urban development authority.

A division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice V.K. Sharma said that they were of the opinion 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 court said, “the probe would also unravel involvement of officials concerned as well as other persons”.

Name of Mr. Kapoor was also in the charge sheet of Congress during opposition which was submitted to President of India on which present Congress rule was conducting vigilance probe after taking power in the state.

Mr. Kapoor was considered as staunch loyalist of BJP national vice president Shanta Kumar who was the industry minister in the P.K. Dhumal’s led Bharatiya Janata Party government.

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