A startling revelation has come to the fore in the plot allotment scam involving defence officials. A serving colonel of the Army has not only evaded action against him for obtaining multiple plots through false affidavits, but files related to one of his disputed plots in Gurgaon also got burnt mysteriously after orders to cancel its allotment.
HT has found this while scouring documents related to the anomalies in the allotment of Huda plots under the servicemen quota.
In an exclusive story, HT on Thursday reported that several ex-servicemen belonging to the Army, Navy and Air Force —even those who have held ranks of lieutenant-general, brigadier and colonel — allegedly forged affidavits to acquire as many as 12 residential plots each under the government’s servicemen quota in Haryana.
These plots of 250 square yards and more have an average market price of Rs 2 crore.
On Friday, HT reported that the list of offenders also includes the names of serving officers and those belonging to the para-military forces.
Official documents of Huda, accessed by HT, reveal that Colonel Narendra Singh Yadav got three plots in Gurgaon, Faridabad and Rohtak between 1997 and 2000.
On February 7, 2011, following a complaint, chief administrator of Huda, Panchkula, ordered cancellation of his plot number 64 in Gurgaon’s Sector 38, and plot number 1458 in Rohtak’s Sector 4.
The order letter with number UBAKK-2/5629, which was sent to the Huda Estate Office-2 in Gurgaon, also reads that an FIR should be registered against Yadav under IPC sections 193 and 420 for providing false evidence and cheating.
On March 18 this year, replying to an RTI query on the status of the implementation of the order, Huda’s Estate Office-2 in Gurgaon said that necessary action couldn’t be taken due to non-availability of the said Sector 38 plot’s file.
In an earlier RTI reply on August 14, 2012, Huda had said that the plot file was burnt during a “mob violence” on June 7, 2011.
Further, documents reveal that through the defence quota, the said officer obtained Huda sector plots in Rewari, Karnal and Gurgaon’s Sector 57 also under forged names.
While the officer’s present posting location couldn’t be immediately found, HT spoke to his father Leelaram Yadav, a resident of Gurgaon and a former army man himself. “I am not in talking terms with him,” he said, adding the he didn’t have any inkling about the allegations.
Like Colonel Yadav, several other senior officers are involved in this fraud.
Vigilance sleuths, specially picked from the chief minister’s flying squad that directly reports to him, camped in Gurgaon from Tuesday to Friday and are in the middle of an inquiry into the scam.
As reported by HT earlier, there are complaints against 36 senior servicemen — both retired and serving — who got 124 plots among themselves under the quota all across Haryana. 24 of these are in Gurgaon.
It could turn out to be a scam running into hundreds of crores of rupees where servicemen colluded with Huda officials.