Anti-graft panel gives ‘clean chit’ to Narendra Modi govt
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M B Shah Commission submits first report before state govt.
The Justice (retd) M B Shah Commission, probing into corruption charges levelled against the Narendra Modi government by the Congress, submitted its first report before the government on Wednesday, reportedly giving it a clean chit in nine of the 17 allegations.
The commission, headed by the retired Supreme Court judge, was appointed by the state government after the Congress submitted a memorandum to the President, alleging the government had extended benefits worth over Rs 1 lakh crore to certain industries.
In a joint statement, government spokesperson and ministers Jay Narayan Vyas and Saurabh Patel said, "The report has categorically said that the allegations made by the Congress leaders were totally baseless and that the government actions were right and as per the policies of previous and present state governments and the Government of India."
After a detailed discussion on the report, the state cabinet "admitted the recommendations" of the commission, they said.
"The commission has also said that considering the employment technology requirement of the state, the government has rightfully acted to promote industries in the state," they added.
The ministers said that many of the allegations pertained to decisions taken during the Congress rule. "The Commission has taken a note of it. The allegations were levelled without cross-checking (facts)," said the statement, adding that the panel also found that allegation of illegal allotment of Coastal Regulation Zone and forestland was wrong.
"The most important observation of the Commission is that despite several reminders, those who had levelled the allegations did not appear before it," they said.
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