Shamlat land scam: Khattar suspends 3, terminates 1 in Rs 60 crore scam
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority, took action in the Rs 60 crore shamlat land compensation scam and suspended three people, terminated the contractual employment of one and called for an FIR in the case.india Updated: Nov 17, 2016 17:54 IST
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, chairman of Haryana Urban Development Authority, took action in the Rs 60 crore shamlat land compensation scam and suspended three people, terminated the contractual employment of one and called for an FIR in the case.
The scam was reported by HT on February 9. Following the orders, the authorities at the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) suspended then land acquisition officer MS Sangwan, then naib tehsildar Dhoop Singh, and section officer Kamal Nayan, who prepared claims by concealing the facts of the actual payment of award and actual acquired shamlat deh land. Sources said patwari Jaina Ram, a contractual employee, was terminated.
Committee formed to recover amount
A committee has been formed under the chief controller of finance (CCF) to recover the amount. Former HUDA administrator (Panchkula) Sanjiv Verma unearthed the scam and had recommended either an FIR or an inquiry through vigilance bureau to take disciplinary action.
The inquiry committee formed by Verma in November 2015 had pointed out serious lapses on the part of Sangwan, Dhoop Singh, Jaina Ram and Kamal Nayan, holding them responsible for the scam.
According to the inquiry report, seven parties from Chowki village benefitted from the scam as instead of `64.05 crore, Rs 124.1 crore was handed over to them.
How it happened?
A total of 275 acres of land in Chowki, Bir Ghaggar and Nada villages were notified under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, in 1998 for setting up Sector 32 in Panchkula. An award was announced on July 30, 2003, for an area of 224.3 acres that included the land comprising Chowki village.
There was a dispute between the sharers of two-and-half shares in shamlat land, measuring only 541 bighas and 17 biswas. A lower court in January 2014 settled the dispute over the division and enhanced the land compensation. But the inquiry report pointed out that Sangwan estimated their shares in the total shamlat land instead of just the 541 bighas and 17 biswas.
What the report says?
“The concerned landowners were paid the enhanced compensation of more than `60 crore for the area which is still in their possession and not acquired by the government by concealing the facts by the concerned officials of Panchkula land acquisition office,” said the report.
It added, “…it is concluded that action of the office of land acquisition officer (LAO), Panchkula, is totally fraudulent and a clear cut loss on the state exchequer due to which an amount of more than `60 croe of government money was paid excess to the landowners which is to be recovered along with interest immediately and strict action is required to be taken in this regard.”