The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the state government to first probe the multiple plot allotments to government servants, HUDA employees and members of HUDA Employees Welfare Organisation (HEWO) and file a status report in this regard by March.
The direction came from the bench of justice Daya Chaudhary during the hearing in the case as various counsels representing the petitioner and others insisted that probe be started from the ‘home first’.
The HC bench observed that plots had been allotted in a manner which would not be even followed by a private party. The court asked the Haryana advocate general as to why the probe be not given to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), going by the state of affairs of investigation being carried out by the HUDA and the state police.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner JS Bedi insisted that probe be handed over to the CBI to unearth the scam. Some of the private counsels also accused the government agencies of adopting a ‘pick and choose’ policy and alleged that the mighty are being spared and those with not so ‘good connections’ being targeted and FIRs being registered against them. The court ordered the government and HUDA to probe multiple allotments in the case of government servants, HUDA employees and HEWO members. The status report is to be filed by March 18.
The court also restrained the government from arresting those against whom the FIRs had been registered as some lawyers informed the court that state was harassing some of the accused and adopting a ‘pick and choose’ approach.
The government denied the allegations that police were resorting to ‘pick and choose’ policy in registration of FIRs. It also informed the court that a DIG level official was coordinating with HUDA in probing the multiple plot scam.
463 multiple allotments found
Earlier, the government informed that a total of 463 double or multiple allotments had been detected so far and 214 FIRs had been registered against 472 persons in these cases. The highest number of multiple allotments -- 261 plots -- has been found in the defence category.
The government told the court that so far 40,828 allotments had been examined and 2,229 suspected cases were checked. It also submitted that 143 plot allotments had been cancelled so far. The court was also informed that action against two HCS officers Parshad Sharma and Narender Yadav, whose involvement had been alleged in some allotment cases, was under government consideration.