Nagpur: Amid opposition’s demand for his resignation in the wake of High Court’s strictures for the regularisation of a 37 acres of Gairan land on the name of a private individual in Washim district, the agriculture minister Abdul Sattar in his personal explanation in the state assembly on Wednesday denied all charges saying that he had not done anything wrong and he had taken the decision as per the stipulated rules and the act.
The opposition had claimed that it was a Rs 150 crore scam demanding Sattar’s dismissal from the cabinet and filing of a criminal case against him.
‘’There was no change in the village pattern on record as a result of my decision. My order (as the minister of state for revenue during MVA rule) did not cause any loss to the government. I will accept the High Court decision. There is no truth in the allegations levelled against me. I did justice to the backward class people and tribals, I did nothing wrong,’’ said Sattar.
‘’My order has not led to any profit or loss.The government has not suffered any loss in this. The District Collector of Washim has filed a review petition against this order on June 17 June 2022 before the Revenue Minister. Therefore, the revenue minister will take an appropriate decision regarding this petition,” Sattar said.
‘’The decision I took was keeping tribal and backward class people in mind. The lands of the tribals and backward classes have been usurped by the people sitting on the opposition bench. I made a decision based on the authority I had. I will accept the decision of the court. But there is no truth in the way the opponents are making accusations,’’ he reiterated.
Sattar told the assembly that he was not aware of the civil court’s order with regard to this land matter.
He gave his explanation with his choked voice in the absence of the opposition which had earlier boycotted to protest against the state government for allegedly protecting ministers (without naming Sattar) in the TET scam.
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