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Land scam in Noida: Congress demands CBI probe

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, April 27, 2013
First Published: 00:08 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(27/4/2013)

Yet another land scam involving large-scale irregularities has come to notice with officials throwing all the rules to the wind to allegedly benefit a private company in Noida.

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An official inquiry conducted into the scam has estimated the losses to be nearly Rs. 158 crore. The Congress has alleged that the irregularities caused losses of about Rs. 500 crore.

The inquiry committee has found about 17 officials including the then chief executive officers (CEO) Noida Mohendar Singh (IAS) and Captain SK Diwedi (IAS) prima facie guilty and recommended a vigilance probe or an inquiry by an autonomous investigating agency.

The Congress has demanded a CBI probe to probe the irregularities.

The party MLA Akhilesh Pratap Singh has sent a letter to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding that the CM should send necessary documents to the CBI that was already probing the NOIDA allocations.

Singh has also demanded cancellation of the group housing plot allotment in sector 118 of NOIDA and fresh auction.

A close scrutiny of the inquiry committee report and the letter sent by Singh to chief minister indicates that the auction for the group housing scheme plot was carried out in 2007.

As per the conditions 10% of the auction amount (about Rs. 228 crore) was deposited while 30% amount was not deposited for about five years.

“This 30% amount was deposited between March 6, 2012 (when Samajwadi Party got majority) and March 15, 2012 (when SP government was sworn in),” said Singh in his letter, adding, “senior officers were transferred before the swearing in ceremony and an inquiry was ordered to probe the irregularities by chief minister’s office.”

Allotment of land should have been cancelled for not depositing the first installment, said Singh, adding, “reserve price of this land was Rs. 12000 per square metre at the time of auction in 2007.

The reserve price of the land is Rs. 37780 per square metre in 2012. if the auction had been carried out in 2012 the auction price could have been Rs. 500 crore to Rs. 700 crore.

If the lease rent, stamp duty and other taxes are taken into account a loss of about Rs. 500 crore has been caused to the revenue,” he said, adding the land was registered in the name of another company. It was a crime, he said.

Meanwhile the inquiry committee in its inquiry report also pointed that a sum of about Rs. 152 crore was lost as the officers, employees conspired to benefit the private company.


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