The noose is tightening around defence officers — both serving and retired — who had obtained more than one plot under a government land allotment scheme fraudulently.
Even as vigilance inquiry is on against two senior officers of the Army who had bought Huda plots in Gurgaon under the scheme for defence personnel, the department on Tuesday expanded the ambit of its probe by accepting an official complaint against 34 more persons.
On Tuesday, vigilance sleuths attached to the Haryana chief minister’s flying squad arrived in Gurgaon and received the complaint against the 34 officers from SK Sharma, an ex-serviceman, on whose complaint an inquiry is underway against two tainted Army officers.
After scouring through a set of RTI replies by Huda, Hindustan Times, on June 7, had reported that several serving and retired defence personnel — even those who have held ranks of lieutenant-general, brigadier and colonel — acquired as many as 12 residential plots each, even though they were entitled for only one plot.
The role of certain Huda officials will also be inquired as “prima facie it appeared the Armymen couldn’t have obtained multiple plots without their support,” said a senior Vigilance official.
Meanwhile, Huda on Monday issued a notice to a serving Army officer, Col Narendra Singh Yadav who had obtained several plots by producing fake documents. Huda said it would cancel one of the allotments in Gurgaon and file an FIR against the tainted officer for forgery and cheating.
According to the notice issued by Estate Office–2 (a copy of which is with HT), Yadav has been asked to appear before Huda officials on June 26 for a hearing along with a written reply — “failing which an ex-parte action will be taken”.