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    Vigilance Team Raids Properties Of Congress Leader Harak Singh Rawat

    Inam Ansari
    August30/ 2023
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    Congress Leader Harak Singh Rawat

    Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Vigilance Team on Wednesday raided an institute in Dehradun’s Shankarpur and a petrol pump in Chhiddarwala. State Vigilance Chief V Murugesan said that after the team examined the documents at both places, it was found that both the properties belong to Congress leader and former Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat.
    Speaking to ANI, Murugesan said that the vigilance team found that two generator sets installed at both private places were purchased with government money. Further investigation into the matter is underway, the vigilance chief said.
    Murugesan confirmed that both Doon Institute of Medical Sciences in Shankarpur and the petrol pump which were raided by the team on Wednesday, belong to Rawat’s son.
    On being asked whether former minister Harak Singh Rawat had any connection with the case of misuse of government funds, the vigilance chief did not confirm anything and said that the investigation into the case is underway and all the details related to the matter will be revealed after the investigation process is over.
    The latest vigilance operation against the properties of Harak Singh Rawat has been ordered by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.
    Notably, during Rawat’s tenure as the state forest minister in the BJP Government, Rawat and some of his departmental officers came under serious allegations related to their involvement in illegal tree cutting and construction in the Pakhro range of Corbett Park under the Tiger Safari Project.
    The Forest Survey of India (FSI) claimed in its report that more than 6,000 trees were illegally cut in the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) against the permission of 163 for the Pakhru tiger safari. However, the state forest department refuted the FSI’s claims and said that there were some technical issues that needed to be resolved before finally accepting the report. —ANI