Taking a stern view of the Haryana government authorities not taking prompt legal action against defence officers who had been allotted more than one plot under the reserved defence category on the basis of bogus affidavits, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed registration of FIRs against the culprits at the earliest and filing of the action taken report.
Justice Daya Chaudhary made it clear to AK Singh, chief administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), present in the court, that in case the authorities failed to take suitable action, the court would be compelled to issue strict orders. The judge remarked, "The act of HUDA is worse than that of a property dealer, which has connivance of lower to higher-level officers."
"How were numerous plots allotted to a single defence officer? Reservation for defence officers doesn't mean you'll allot as many plots to a single person as you feel," said justice Chaudhary, addressing AK Singh.
The court added, "Take action against all illegal allottees, whether they are defence officers, other reserved categories, press people, judges or advocates."
When AK Singh sought time, the court said, "The notice was issued on August 30. You haven't done anything. How much more time do you want?"
AK Singh submitted that till date, plots illegally allotted to seven beneficiaries had been cancelled and 17 such beneficiaries had to be heard.
1.68 lakh reserved category plots
"There are over 3 lakh HUDA allottees out of which 1.28 lakh are reserved category plots and it would take some time to check all cases. I assure you that we'll take strict action as per law against illegal beneficiaries," said AK Singh.
He also submitted that the police should raid the premises of the complainant in the case, who is a property dealer of Gurgaon, and hand over the list of beneficiaries with the complainant to HUDA authorities so that proper action could be taken.
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Jasjit Singh Bedi argued, "Till date, only two FIRs have been registered. There is a list of at least 600 such cases with the complainant property dealer (SK Sharma) who is blackmailing the people. This is a big scam."
On this, the court directed Bedi to place all relevant documents on record on the next date of hearing on Thursday.
The irregularities had come under the high court scrutiny when an army colonel, Dharam Singh Yadav, 45, posted with 6 Bihar Batallion, NCC, at Gaya in Bihar, had approached the court seeking anticipatory bail in an FIR registered against him and his brother on July 12 under sections 420 (cheating) and 193 (false evidence) of the IPC at civil lines police station, Gurgaon, on a Gurgaon-based property dealer's complaint.
Yadav owns eight reserved-category HUDA plots in Sonepat, Gurgaon, Hisar and Rewari districts and his brother Karan Singh Yadav, also a defence officer, owns 12 HUDA plots in various districts. Yadav had given details of 36 such defence officers to the court.
34 defence officers who are illegal beneficiaries
Ramesh Chander Bansal (11 plots), Dharamveer Singh (9), SL Dua (5), HS Yadav (5), Daulat Ram Khola (5), Narender Yadav (5), Zile Singh (4), Aman Singh Yadav (4), Ranbeer Singh Nain (3), Ram Chander (3), Hari Krishan Sahoo (3), Arvind Nain (3), Arun Nain (3), Satender Sud (3), Ashok Kumar Kuwar (3), Vikas Khamboj (3), JK Pathak (3), Dilbagh Singh (3), BS Nain (2), Zile Singh (2), Amir Singh Huda (2), Amit Deswal (2), Devender Yadav (2), Devender Yadav (2), Fakeer Chand Chauhan (2), Ajay Veer Chauhan (2), Sachin Phogat (2), Tejvir Singh (2), Kitab Kaur (2), KP Chauhan (2), Ajay Vir Chauhan (2), Vinod Manchanda (2), Lala Ram Yadav (2) and Ramesh Kumar (2).