Just a day after the Punjab and Haryana high court’s Tuesday order, the Haryana police registered 126 FIRs (first information reports) across the state against illegal beneficiaries, including defence officers, who had been allotted more than one plot under the reserved category scheme of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) on the basis of bogus affidavits.
Submitting this information before the high court on Thursday, HUDA chief administrator AK Singh informed that the process of registration of 80 more FIRs in the case was in the pipeline. But he said that it would take at least six months to probe illegal allotment of plots in various categories.
Interestingly, the main complainant in the case, Gurgaon-based property dealer Surender Kumar Sharma, appeared in the court during the hearing and informed that till 2009, he had submitted 34 names to the Haryana chief minister’s flying squad and had also submitted around 15 complaints regarding dubious defence officers who had been allotted more than one reserved category plots by HUDA. But, he submitted that before Wednesday, only three FIRs had been registered - at Sirsa, Sonepat and Gurgaon.
After hearing Sharma, the court directed him to move an application for becoming an intervener in the case and submit whatever details he had regarding the case.
Justice Daya Chaudhary directed AK Singh to file a status report by October 22 as to what action the authorities had taken against the culprits and what action was likely to be proposed. The court also asked the government counsel that Haryana advocate general Hawa Singh Hooda should argue the case on the next date of hearing. The court also directed the petitioner and accused Col Dharam Singh Yadav, 45, posted with 6 Bihar Battalion, National Cadet Corps (NCC), at Gaya in Bihar, to join the investigation at Sonepat.
When the petitioner’s counsel informed the court that Col Narender Singh Yadav, his father Lala Ram Yadav and Major HS Yadav (retd) had filed extortion complaints against Sharma at Gurgaon, the court directed the three persons to join the investigation in Gurgaon.
However, Haryana’s additional advocate general Pradeep Virk informed the court that till date no complaint against Sharma had been received by any police station in Gurgaon. On this, the court said in case the accused, Col Dharam Singh Yadav, wanted to file a complaint, he could do so.
During the arguments, the issue of whether separate FIRs could be registered against the same person in different districts where he owns separate HUDA plots illegally or a single FIR should be registered, also cropped up. But the court said it was for the state police to take the decision.
Extortion allegations against complainant
Arguing for main accused Col Dharam Singh Yadav, advocate Jasjit Singh Bedi alleged that SK Sharma was blackmailing defence officers and indulging in extortion. “The hunted has become the hunter himself… the list of names of illegal beneficiaries which he is having is so potent that nobody is going to touch him,” added Bedi. He said Sharma was having at least 600 such names of illegal beneficiaries, including HCS (Haryana Civil Service) and IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers.
On this, the court said, “Sharma is saying with some authority. He appears to be safe in some hands. He might have been given assurance by some powerful person.”
Court warns CA
Justice Chaudhary said, “Mr AK Singh (chief administrator), being a senior officer of HUDA, you should be careful. If something is found contrary to the fact, that would land you in trouble. I think that is sufficient to say. Be fair with the court and don’t leave anyone.”
Accused submits CD
Main accused Col Dharam Singh Yadav’s advocate Jasjit Singh Bedi submitted to the court excerpts of the voice recording of a conversation - along with an 89-minute-long audio compact disc (CD) - between Lt Col Mohinder Kumar Yadav, Col Narender Singh Yadav, latter’s father Lala Ram Yadav and property dealer Surender Kumar Sharma. The conversation, which took place at Hotel Bristol, Gurgaon, on September 28, began at 5.20 pm. In the conversation, SK Sharma has allegedly revealed names of TC Gupta, former chief administrator, HUDA, and Brigadier Chandpuri when the defence officers questioned him of illegal HUDA plot allottees.