Estate officials seal two booths at Krishna Market

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 08, 2014 22:53 IST

The UT estate office sealed two booths at the Krishna Market in Sector 41 on Thursday. The estate office carried out a survey regarding the ownership of booths in the market to probe into alleged irregularities in the allotments. During the check, around 59 occupants of the booths failed to convenience the estate officials of them being original allottees. As per allotment rules, there is embargo on further sale and subletting of booths.

UT deputy commissioner-cum estate officer Mohammed Shayin said both booths were further sold. Details of the remaining 57 booths were being verified and action would be taken against the defaulters.

The survey in part of the ongoing investigation in the infamous booth scam, which came into light in March 2008 when Dinesh Kumar Sood lodged a complaint with the UT administration alleging irregularities in allotment of booths and a magisterial probe was marked in 2010 on the directions of UT administrator Shivraj Patil.

The then additional deputy commissioner (ADC) PS Shergill was asked to probe the matter in March 2010, who submitted his reported a year later. The report pointed out involvement of top politicians and senior officials in the scam. The report also stated that the fraudulent allotment ran into crores of rupees and money was paid to politicians, police officials and officials of the estate office.

Last year, another report was compiled by assistant estate officer (AEO) Rahul Gupta and the then ADC Mahavir Kaushik, which had also pointed out irregularities in the allotment.

A total of seven allottees were identified, who had secured booths on the basis of fake documents in Krishna Market. All allotments were made between 2002 and 2007.

According to report, all seven persons, who were allotted booths, had commercial properties in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar, which was confirmed from the records of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the UT estate office.

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

Other booth markets to be surveyed soon

The estate office will carry similar survey in other booth markets in the city to identity the booths which have been further sold and given on rent. The DC said the survey would be initiated very shortly.

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