Dehra Dun: The Uttarakhand government sets up a judicial commission to investigate the role of officials involved in the Rishikesh-based housing project.

A one-member commission of former judge B C Kandpal has been formed to investigate the role of officials in the alleged scam after the Uttarakhanad High Court ordered the government to probe project, a spokesman said on Friday.
The issue had rocked the state last year after the opposition parties alleged that the government allowed the project - developed by Sturdia Developers - was violating environmental norms.

The opposition also alleged that BJP government allowed the sale of the land to Sturdia Developers, a Mumbai-based company, at a throw-away price. The real estate company is a part of Citurgia Biochemicals Pvt Ltd.

Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that the housing project was allowed as per the recommendations of BIFR which had stated that a part of the sick Citurgia Biochemicals Private Limited could be sold for its revival.

The Uttarakhand High Court cancelled the Sturdia Housing Project last year and ordered the government to take the land back from the real estate company. It also ordered a probe.

Justice Kandpal, who retired recently, is also heading the probe panel instituted by the state government to investigate 56 alleged scams unearthed during the previous Congress government.

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(Agencies)