The Haryana government on Tuesday ordered to place Naresh Kumar Sheokand, former district revenue officer-cum-land acquisition collector of Panchkula, under suspension for his alleged involvement in fraud to the tune of Rs 50 core.
The action has been taken following report of Panchkula deputy commissioner Vivek Atray, which pointed out serious irregularities committed by Naresh Sheokand in distribution of compensation in land acquisition cases.
Sheokand is being accused of opening an account in Jangpura in Delhi during his tenure in 2012-14. Though it is an unofficial account, but is in the name of DRO-cum-LAC. An amount of Rs 50 crore was transferred to this account and it was further given to some people through RTGS.
Over Rs 1300 crore had come as award money to be distributed among landowners in view of acquisition for National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Haryana State Infrastructural and Industrial Cooperation (HSIIDC) plots.
Haryana vigilance bureau special investigation team (SIT), comprising DIG Rajinder Kumar, DSP Suresh Kumar, inspector Satyanarayan and also a chartered accountant Sanjay Kapoor, is already investigating the fraud. The inquiry initiated after the state health minister Anil Vij had flagged the issue after which the case was handed over to vigilance bureau on April 5.
The vigilance bureau team is checking the accounts at DRO office for the last 6-7 years. They are also checking when and where the money, which is to be distributed among land owners after land acquisition, went.
Sheokand was currently awaiting posting. As per the orders, during the period of suspension his headquarter has been fixed in the office of Bhiwani DC and he will not be allowed to leave his headquarter without his prior permission.
Talking to HT, Sheokand, denied the allegations and said that everything would come out clean in the investigations.