ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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September 18, 1976 MADHYA PRADESH Innocents All THE long-awaited report of the Bhave Commission, which inquired into the alleged irregularities connected with the export of gulabi gram, scarcity relief funds and the purchase of school mats (talopatti) in the sixties, has come as an anti-climax. In its report placed recently on the table of the MP assembly, the one-man, judicial commission has exonerated D P Mishra, then chief minister, and his food minister, Gautam Shanna, of the charge of amassing wealth from out of the policy of exporting gulabi gram. The Commission also held that the export policy was not need at compelling the traders to confute to party funds. While it held that there was excess of expenditure in the scarcity relief works at Damoh, the Commassion exonerated K B L Guru, then revenue minister, of the charge of deriving undue advantage out of it. Similarly, Dharmpal Gupta, then education minister, and his deputy, Hetram Dube, were found not responsible for the irregularities connected with the purchase of school mats.

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