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A local court on Wednesday admitted a petition against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and two others in connection with land allocation to Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO).

The petition was filed by former Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel in the Chhattisgarh district court last month.

Besides Singh, former Chief Secretary P Joy Oommen and BALCO Chief Executive Officer Gunjan Gupta have been named in the petition filed under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

The matter will now come up for hearing on September 22, court sources said.

In the petition, Baghel has alleged corruption and cheating by the Chhattisgarh administration in regularisation of land illegally occupied by BALCO in Korba which led to a loss of Rs 140 crore to the state exchequer.

The Congress leader has accused Singh and Oommen of entering into a criminal conspiracy and causing loss to the Government in land allotment to the company.

Source: PTI


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