Booth Scam: Estate Office to survey ownership Krishna Market booths

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 03, 2014 21:50 IST

Six years after irregularities in the allotment of booths in Krishna Market, Sector 41, came to light, the Estate Office of Chandigarh will conduct a survey regarding the ownership of booths in the market on May 6.

The estate office said that allottees/occupants must be present on the date of survey and must carry their allotment papers and identification proofs. They must also carry the original allotment letter/valid proof.

"Action will be taken if an occupier fails to prove his identity or is in unauthorised occupation of the booth. The onus of proving the legal ownership lies with the occupier or the booth owner," said an official.

In March 2008, allotments in Krishna market came under the scanner after Dinesh Kumar Sood lodged a complaint with the administration.

In 2010, UT administrator Shivraj Patil had marked a magisterial probe into the matter and the then ADC PS Shergill was asked to probe the matter in March 2010.

Shergill, in his report submitted in May 2011, indicted some top politicians and senior officials for irregularities in the allotment that ran into crores of rupees. It also said that money was paid to politicians, police officials and officials of the estate office.

According to rules, a person applying for booth should not have a commercial property in either his name or in the name of members of his family in the tricity. Additionally, his income should not be more than `5,000 per month. The applicant should also possess a rehri licence.

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