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200 more files missing

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 00:02 IST
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THE SHARE of surprises in the ongoing CBI probe in LDA’s Jankipuram land scam is far from over. Even as the Allahabad High Court has given a six-month extension to the premiere investigating agency to complete its inquiry, over 200 more property files related to the scheme have been found missing from the department. The scheme is being looked after by the LDA black sheep (from the employees’ union).

The figure is likely to go up as an inventory of the property records is still underway, according to sources. The missing files are of plots measuring 128 to 288 square metre in Sectors C, D, G,H and I of the Jankipuram Housing Scheme.

The startling fact came to light following an exercise undertaken by the LDA in the wake of an order passed by the Justice RH Zaidi Commission to submit all property files with the Commission. 

The Zaidi Commission, it maybe recalled, was constituted to study the plot allotment procedure followed by  development authorities after a controversy over alleged anomalies by the LDA in direct allotment of 28 plots in Vipul Khand.

“We were preparing a scheme-wise list of the property files that were to be sent to the Commission when the irregularity came to light,” said an LDA official. The only way we can trace these records now is to issue a public notice giving numbers of the plots whose files are untraceable asking their owners to furnish proof of their claim over the property, said another senior LDA official. “We will give about a week’s time to such people to submit the relevant documents,” he added.

On the other hand, the CBI, which has already submitted an interim report over the irregularities committed in the allotment of 123 plots under the housing scheme, is all set to seek the help of its forensic/handwriting experts in Kolkatta on the issue. Since some of the officers have termed signatures to be fake, the investigating agency, according to sources, would be seeking the report from the FSL lab to establish the genuineness of their claim.