The CBI has booked three officers, including Home Secretary of Haryana, and a real estate company builder, in connection with a graft case in a multi-crore mega project in the city.
The CBI on Monday booked former Union Territory adviser Lalit Sharma (retired), former UT Home Secretary Krishna Mohan (presently Home Secretary Haryana), former Director (Tourism) Vivek Atray, presently on leave, and Unitech builder, who were awarded the project, a top CBI official said here today.
"We are still investigating the case," CBI DIG Mahesh Aggarwal said on being asked whether the investigating agency would arrest these officers after registration of a case against them.
The FIR under section 420 (cheating), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under section 31 (D) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was registered against the four.
As many as 73.65 acres of land in Sarangpur village on the outskirts of the city was allotted to Unitech in December 2006 for the theme-cum-amusement project.
Earlier, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had conducted a probe and detected irregularities in the process of awarding the project to Unitech Ltd, sources said here.
The project was floated on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis under annual revenue sharing of 33 years, approval had also not been sought for the model while awarding the project to Unitech and it was in violation of lease rules, sources said.
The Chandigarh Administration had scrapped the project in May this year, soon after the CVC referred the case to the CBI.
The CBI is awaiting prosecution sanction from Haryana government in case of Mohan and Atray.