Chandigarh: Case registered against AWHO director on army officers’ complaint

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 10:51 IST

The Haryana police have booked the project director of Army Welfare Housing Organisation (AWHO), and a fire officer of Panchkula for allegedly getting issued a wrong fire no objection certificate (NOC) to a Sector-27 project of the AWHO in Panchkula.

Kalka assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Dharamveer has been given the charge to probe into the case after the FIR was registered at the Chandimandir police station.

HT had highlighted the issue on February 20 about a users’ committee comprising 483 serving and retired army officers complaining to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar through the CM Window over fraudulent issuance of the NOC to the AWHO’s Sector-27 project.

After that Panchkula ACP Jagtaar Singh had investigated the matter, and on the basis of deputy district attorney’s opinion, the case was registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy, and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The army officers had alleged that the NOC was given to their group housing society despite the fact that little firefighting arrangements had been made at the time of inspection, which was before July 3, 2013 - the date of issuance of NOC).

The officers’ body added that based on the false NOC, the AWHO had got the occupation certificate from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

The complaint stated, “The AWHO has neither hired any trained personnel for firefighting - a mandatory requirement to maintain the system roundthe-clock - nor has any drill been carried out for the past one and a half year. Also, no firefighting equipment has been installed.”

Despite that, the possession was given to more than 350 allottees. “It is sad that the AWHO in collusion with the builder has put the life and limb of the residents in danger. The NOC was issued by the fire department of the MC… it is apprehended that unethical practices of paying ‘facilitation charges’ has been adopted by the AWHO to obtain the NOC,” added the complaint submitted by Col Tejinder Singh (retd), president, the users’ committee of army officers. “We have not done anything wrong. At that time, the fire-fighting equipment was installed but later, someone must have stolen it. We always do foolproof work,” SS Malik, fire officer, Panchkula.

Present project director, AWHO, Col Surinder Sharma said, “The fire NOC was not issued in my tenure. How could I comment on something which has happened over a year ago?”

The AWHO managing director couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts. “I received the file on Monday evening. If required, we will arrest the accused as well,” said ACP Dhar amveer, investigating officer of the case.

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