Plot scam: HC gives Haryana 2 months to probe ‘fresh list’
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday gave the Haryana government and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) two months to probe the plot/flat allotment scam. As many as 3,753 plots and flats were allotted to 1,687 beneficiaries. The fresh list has been supplied by petitioner Dharam Singh Yadav to the high court.chandigarh Updated: Mar 24, 2015 09:51 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday gave the Haryana government and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) two months to probe the plot/flat allotment scam.
As many as 3,753 plots and flats were allotted to 1,687 beneficiaries. The fresh list has been supplied by petitioner Dharam Singh Yadav to the high court.
As per the petitioner, 2396 plots had been allotted to 1,067 persons under reserved categories, 332 plots to 171 persons under discretionary quota and 162 flats of the HUDA Employees’ Welfare Organisation (HEWO) to 54 employees, the petitioner alleged.
The petitioner has also submitted list of 478 HEWO flats allotted to 239 employees of HUDA and 385 plots/flats allotted to 155 employees of HUDA.
The government and HUDA have been told to look into the list and file a status report before the next date of hearing on May 29.
During the previous hearing last week, the government had told the court that 224 cases of multiple plot allotment to government employees had come to light so far.
It had also told the court that 473 suspects had been charged so far in first information reports filed against them in various cases.
The petitioner’s counsel alleged the pick-and-choose policy by the government and suggested that the matter be either handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or any other independent agency.
During the hearing, the HC observed that nobody had right to squander public money. The HC said it appeared the previous order of investigating earlier supplied list of illegal allotments had not been probed in totality.
The HC also observed that illegal allotments were not possible without the connivance of the HUDA employees.
Advocate general, Haryana, BR Mahajan, who himself led the battery of counsels defending the government and HUDA, submitted that it was examining the lists and the schemes were floated since 1977, so it would take some time to unearth the wrongdoings, if any.
HC stays allotment of flats
The high court also stayed the allotment of flats of a group housing society in Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), Panchkula, during the hearing.
The petitioner had alleged that among the 82 allottees in the New Haryana Officers’ Cooperative Group Housing Society, MDC, Panchkula, as many as 52 were those who were beneficiaries of such allotment during an earlier scheme, but had surrendered their flats. He argued that as per rules, those who surrendered their plots could not avail the benefit again. Among others, the society members include two serving bureaucrats Dhanpat Singh and Renu Phoolia and three retired ones RS Doon, Saroj Siwach and Satwanti Ahlawat, the petitioner has alleged.
The HC asked HUDA not to go ahead with the allotment till further orders. The HC, however, refused to stay the construction of flats of the society in question. These flats are being constructed in Sector 6 of the MDC.