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BJP seeks CBI probe into plot allotment scam

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, June 14, 2013
First Published: 00:50 IST(14/6/2013) | Last Updated: 00:51 IST(14/6/2013)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded a CBI inquiry into alleged irregularities in allotment of plots under the defence services quota in Haryana.

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After HT highlighted how several officers fraudulently occupied multiple plots in the state, the party’s media in-charge in Haryana, Umesh Agarwal, submitted a memorandum to Governor Jagannath Pahadia, seeking a suitable investigation in the alleged scam.

In his memorandum, submitted through Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena, Agarwal has alleged that the anomalies could not have happened without the involvement of government officials. He also requested the governor to issue suitable directions to investigate any political patronage enjoyed by the beneficiaries.

On June 7, HT had reported that several ex-servicemen belonging to the Army, Navy and Air Force — even those who have held ranks of lieutenant-general, brigadier and colonel — allegedly forged affidavits to acquire as many as 12 residential plots each under the Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (Huda) plot allotment scheme for defence personnel.

About 24 of the 124 plots listed in Sharma’s complaint are in Gurgaon. To get more plots, many officers had applied both in their names and their spouses’ names in violation of norms. Some even changed their names and forged papers, reveal documents.

Vigilance sleuths attached with the Haryana Chief Minister’s flying squad are inquiring into the complaints.

Meanwhile, after HT reports, Huda on June 10 issued a notice to a serving colonel who owns multiple plots in Haryana, including one in Gurgaon.


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