Congress has sought an SIT probe into the alleged land grabbing scam involving the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife and son.

A company belonging to Chief Minister Sarma’s wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma and son Nandil Biswa Sarma has illegally grabbed government land.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Sunday, Congress leaders Gaurav Vallabh, Ripun Bora, Jitendra Singh and Gaurav Gogoi said that Chief Minister Sarma, on one hand, is showing hard-handedness in evicting poor and deprived families on the ground that no one has the right to illegally take over the government land, but on the other hand, he is handing over the government land worth crores of rupees to his family members on his own whims and fancies.

“As per an investigation by leading media houses, a real estate company, RBS Realtors, Co-founded by the chief minister’s wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma is allegedly occupying around 18 acres of government land intended for landless individuals and institutions,” they alleged.

The Congress leaders alleged that RBS Realtors Private Limited acquired most of the 18 acres in two stages, first in 2006-2007 and then in 2009.

Individuals, who are landless and needy, are granted ceiling surplus land by the Assam government and are prohibited from selling that land for a 10-year period.

“In 2009, a total of 11 bighas three katha and four lessa (i.e. 3,01,674 square feet or 6.92 acres) of ceiling surplus land in Bongora intended for and allotted to supposedly needy individuals by the government of Assam was bought by Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife’s company, violating the 10-year lock-in period,” the party said.

The Congress leaders said a total of seven plots in North Guwahati were allegedly allocated to RBS realtors between 2008 and 2009 Plot 1- 4.37 acre land: Assam government allotted 4.37 acre ceiling surplus land to Lalmoti Talukdar on condition that it couldn’t be sold for ten years.

“Barely two months later, on January 28, 2009, Talukdar sold 3.19 acres of the 4.37 acre to RBS Realtors Plot 2- 1872 square feet land: Assam government allotted 1,872 square feet (0.042 acre) ceiling surplus land to Basanta Nath with a 10-year lock-in period for sale,” the party said.

According to the Congress party, in 2017, 23.61 per cent of the Rs 100 face value shares of Vasistha Realtors were transferred to Meena Bhuyan, mother of Riniki Bhuyan Sarma and mother-in-law of the chief minister.

On September 16, 2019 — barely 18 days after Himanta Biswa Sarma’s son Nandil Biswa Sarma became an adult — Meena Bhuyan transferred her shares to him, the party said.

“As of FY-20, the chief minister’s son owns 23.61 per cent shares of the company,” Congress alleged.

Gaurav Vallabh said that a sitting CM, whose family is directly “involved in land grabbing”, has no right to remain in power.

Sarma should be sacked from his Chief Minister’s post immediately, Vallabh added.

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