A committee of Haryana Vidhan Sabha has concluded that allotment of land to Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Trust (CDLMT) and Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial Society (CDLMS) in Chandigarh’s Sector 28 and New Delhi’s Vasant Kunj respectively by government authorities were done in an illegal manner.
It has also held that gifting of Sirsa panchayat lands to Chaudhary Devi Lal Gaushala and Mata Harki Devi Memorial Educational Society were also illegal, contrary to law and in violation of the terms and conditions of the gift agreement.
The eight-part report examining the alleged irregularities committed by the trusts, societies and institutions of family members of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala was tabled in the state assembly on the opening day of the monsoon session of the Haryana assembly on Friday.
The House committee headed by Bharat Bhushan Batra, Congress MLA from Rohtak, concluded: “It has been largely seen by the committee that prime land had been allotted to the Trust without even verifying as to how the Trust acquired money, what was the status, reputation, experience, expertise or even the underlying intent.
Lands have been gifted/transferred/allotted in a blatantly arbitrary manner throwing all norms to wind. Undue haste and over zealousness has been reflected in the action of the authorities.
The then chief minister (Chautala) himself approved the decision which was directly aimed at delivering benefits to the Trust held by his family.
Certificates of tax concession/exemption have been issued to the institutions/trusts at the very inception without caring to ascertain the performance of such an institution/trust and despite there being no material to assess the bona fide of such bodies.”
The committee went into great detail examining the apportioning of panchayat land of Sirsa’s Kanwarpura and Khaja Khera villages which was gifted to Chaudhary Devi Lal Gaushala, panchayat land of Odhan village in Sirsa gifted to Mata Harki Devi Memorial Educational Society, allotment of 2.46 acre plot in Sector 28, Chandigarh, by the Chandigarh administration to CDLMT, allotment of 3.4-acre plot by Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in New Delhi’s Vasant Kunj institutional area to CDLMS, allotment of four plots to Jan Sewa Trust by Haryana State Industrial Development Corporation (HSIDC) in Gurgaon’s Udyog Vihar, allotment of two plots by DDA in New Delhi’s Wazirpur Industrial Area to Jan Sewa Trust and selling of the Hisar’s government livestock farm land to CDMLT by the Haryana Animal Husbandry department.
The committee has also examined the financial transactions which these trusts, societies and institutions have entered into.
Plots in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Wazirpur
“This was illustrative of massive irregularities, illegality, false proceedings and the allotment has been made in violation of rules. It is a calculated attempt to usurp highly valuable government land under the garb of attaining social objective but intended to be acquired for personal gain.
The DDA has made allotment in violation of law and on the basis of false presentation causing loss to the state exchequer,” the committee said on Vasant Kunj allotment.
It said that the allotment was illegal and it should be investigated as to how and under what circumstances it was made. “Since the allotment has been cancelled by DDA, a request should be made to the Central Vigilance Commission to make an inquiry,” the report read.
On the allotment of two industrial plots in Wazirpur, the committee said that these plots had not been used for the purpose for which they were allotted by Jan Sandesh/Jan Sewa Trust.
Four Udyog Vihar plots in Gurgaon
On the allotment of four plots to Jan Sewa Trust, the committee said that strangely a high-powered allotment committee of the Haryana government made a recommendation for the allotment of 1-acre plot by clubbing four plots of 1,000 square metre in favour of the Trust before the Trust came into existence.
“How can we not term this action of allotment be under the influence of the then chief minister? Can these proceedings of allotment stand true testimony of legal procedure and rule of law?” the committee said.