If CBI sources are to be believed, the cases related to former UP chief secretary and IAS officer Neera Yadav are just the a tip of the iceberg and involve a much bigger scam.
The former UP chief secretary and IAS officer Neera Yadav faces charges in two cases related to land allotment in Noida during her tenure.
After the investigating agency got a Supreme Court nod to undertake the probe, it came across around 30 instances, which were investigated. These involved children and kin of politicians, bureaucrats and other higher officials, CBI sources told Hindustan Times.
“The cases related to Yadav were just the tip of the iceberg and involve a much bigger scam. But the CBI could not find material for filing chargesheets in those cases,” a CBI source said.
On Tuesday, Yadav and top official of Flex Group Ashok Chaturvedi were convicted by the court for corruption and conspiracy charges in a case of land allotment in Noida.
In one of the cases under trail, 1982 batch IAS officers Rajeev Kumar and Neera Yadav face similar charges and have been chargesheeted by the CBI in October, 2002.
According to one of the chargesheets, Kumar was allegedly allotted 450 sq meter of plot at Sector 51 in Noida, during Yadav’s tenure. Further, in lieu of that plot, he was allegedly allotted another plot at Sector 44, a prime location.
Kumar was later allotted another plot at Sector 14-A in lieu of the Sector 44 plot, said a CBI official, requesting anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
“We submitted have a chargesheet. According to us, the conversion of plot is allowed only once,” the official said.
“Conversion from Sector 51 to Sector 44 is not conversion according to us. And being an official at Noida Authority, Kumar was eligible and entitled to have a plot at Sector 14-A. We are contesting the case,” said Kumar’s advocate Sudhir Tyagi.
In the second case, the CBI chargesheet alleged that Yadav, in her capacity as the chairman and chief executive officer in Noida, had allegedly allotted two plots in the name of her two daughters at Sector 44 and Sector 51. Both the cases against Yadav are presently under trial at the CBI court in Ghaziabad.