More than a week after HT highlighted the plot allotment scam involving defence officials, the Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (Huda) Gurgaon administrator, Praveen Kumar, on Sunday said that the authority would keenly participate in the probe and initiate prompt action against offenders in the district.
“We will look into specific complaints that relate to Gurgaon. We are also helping the vigilance department in its probe related to this matter,” Kumar told HT.
“The matter concerns several urban estates of Huda across Haryana. We will contribute to the probe at Gurgaon level,” Kumar said.
After scouring through a set of RTI replies by Huda, Hindustan Times on June 7 had reported that several ex-servicemen belonging to 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.
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.
Based 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 servicemen — both retired and serving — who got 124 plots among themselves under the quota across the state. As many as 24 of these plots are in Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, a senior vigilance department officer, who is part of the probe, said, “The preliminary report on two officers having multiple plots in Gurgaon, Faridabad and other places has already been submitted to the inspector general of police, chief minister’s flying squad. Inquiries are on for other complaints.”
On June 10, Huda issued a notice to a serving Army colonel who had obtained several plots under the defence quota.