NH-74 scam: Lookout notice against suspended officer in Uttarakhanddehradun Updated: Nov 01, 2017 20:30 IST
DP Singh (left) being questioned by Udham Singh Nagar police.(HT File Photo.)
A lookout notice has been issued against suspended special land acquisition officer (SLAO) DP Singh who is wanted by a Special Investigating Team (SIT) in connection with the Rs 240 crore land acquisition for National Highway-74 in Uttarakhand.
Singh is absconding after the high court turned down his petition for a CBI probe following which a lookout notice was issued against the prime accused in the case. Six Public Service Commission (PSC) officials are suspended in the high-profile case.
More than 100 revenue officials are on the police radar. According to SIT sources, Singh managed to seek a stay order against his arrest from the high court.
An engineering degree holder, Singh’s rise in the bureaucracy has been meticulous. Once a tehsildar, Singh allegedly enjoyed rapport with those who mattered in the government machinery. After an initial investigation in March, an FIR was lodged against Singhr. Later, Income Tax sleuths searched his residence and those of his kin in Rudrapur, Haridwar and Dehradun.
The SIT members are spread out at various locations to nab him. “ We have sufficient evidence against the officer. He may flee abroad to evade arrest. Therefore, a lookout circular was issued,” SSP Sadanand Date said. “We are waiting a report from Forensic Science Laboratory, Dehradun. We will act against the accused once the lab report comes to us.”
It is learnt that few officials were instrumental in causing irregularities to the tune of Rs 240 crore in the acquisition of farmland for the NH-74 project. Land was purchased from farmers between 2011 and 2016 in US Nagar district to widen the national highway. Singh along with other officials allegedly misused an act to change the land status for inflating compensation.