Plot scam: Vigilance dept wants FIRs against retd cols
The Haryana vigilance department, which is probing the plot allotment scam in the state involving several defence officials, has recommended registering of FIRs against two retired colonels of the Indian Army for fraudulently obtaining multiple plots. Deevakar Anand reports.gurgaon Updated: Jun 20, 2013 02:12 IST
The Haryana vigilance department, which is probing the plot allotment scam in the state involving several defence officials, has recommended registering of FIRs against two retired colonels of the Indian Army for fraudulently obtaining multiple plots.
"Recommendation for registering of FIRs against Karan Singh Yadav and his brother Dharam Singh Yadav, both of whom are retired colonels, have been forwarded to the additional director general of police, CID," a top senior state vigilance officer told HT on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
"We have further recommended that the CID should instruct the respective district police to register FIRs against the offenders," the officer added.
The decision to recommend FIRs against the offenders was taken on the basis of an inquiry report submitted last week by state vigilance deputy superintendant of police Vijay Kumar who found that the two brothers obtained multiple plots in Haryana under the defence quota. After scouring through a set of RTI replies by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Hindustan Times on June 7 had reported that several ex-servicemen of the Army, Navy and Air Force allegedly forged affidavits to acquire as many as 12 residential plots each under the government's servicemen quota in Haryana. An officer, however, is entitled for only one plot.
On June 8, HT reported that the list of offenders also includes the names of serving officers and those belonging to the para-military forces.
Acting on a complaint by a former defence personnel and Gurgaon resident, SK Sharma, vigilance sleuths attached with the Haryana chief minister's flying squad are probing the allegations against 36 senior defence officials — both retired and serving — who got a total 124 plots across the state. As many as 24 of these plots are in Gurgaon.
"We are holding inquiries against the remaining 34 officers," said Kumar.
On June 10, a day after HT highlighted a particular case of a serving Army colonel, Huda issued a notice to him for fraudulently obtaining several plots under the defence quota.