In an embarrassment to the premier investigating agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Vimal Kumar on Tuesday ordered third re-investigation into the alleged fraudulent allotment of sites meant for slum rehabilitation scheme floated by the UT administration in 2009.
Rejecting the CBI plea seeking closure of the case registered against four persons, including two municipal corporation employees, special judge Kumar said, “Accepting the closure report will lead to miscarriage of justice.”
This is for the third time the court after rejecting the closure reported has ordered re-investigation into the case. Citing lack of evidence, the CBI on earlier two earlier occasions had sought the closure of the case and recommended an inquiry by the Estate Office.
The CBI in March 2009 had booked four persons - Vishwas Kumar and Ram Bhagat, both residents of Sector 52, along with two clerks of Chandigarh MC, Hari Singh, a resident of Manimajra, and Om Prakash, a resident of Sector 52.
All these four persons were booked on charges of cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly selling 20 sites in Sector 52 allotted under the slum rehabilitation scheme on forged documents.
The CBI in March 2010 had filed a closure report citing lack of evidence, which was rejected by the CBI court in September 2010.
The bureau on July 5, 2013, had moved the court seeking closure of the case for the second time, again citing lack of evidence and recommending inquiry by the Estate Office.
Directing the bureau to reinvestigate the matter, the court had said, “One of the clauses of the letter of allotment of the sites clearly bars transfer of the allotted site on general power of attorney. There are instances of six sites being further sold on GPA, while one site is the under illegal possession.”
After reinvestigation, the CBI has now again sought closure of the case, stating they had not found any incriminating evidence against the accused.
It is pertinent to mention that the UT in 2009 had floated slum rehabilitation scheme under which, a total of 20 sites were allocated.
As per the allegations, nearly 19 allottees of these sites had illegally sold off the sites.