Multi-crore Jankipuram land scam
HAVING RECORDED the statements of allottees, the CBI is now all set to grill senior officials over their alleged role in the multi-crore Jankipuram land scam. According to sources, among the first in the list of officials to be quizzed in this connection is District Magistrate, Hathras, Ajay Agarwal, who has reportedly been summoned by the premiere investigating agency here on Monday.
Agarwal was posted as joint secretary in the LDA when the land scam in the housing scheme on Sitapur Road occurred. Acting on the orders of the Allahabad High Court, the CBI had begun its probe into the fraudulent sale of 123 plots in Jankipuram Housing Scheme of the LDA on February 28. After submitting an interim report in the matter in May before the High Court, the investigating agency had sought more time from the court and was subsequently granted six months more time till January 7.
The State Government had suspended 14 LDA officials including four joint secretaries (two of them senior PCS officers) on January 31 after the scam had hit the headlines. Here it is pertinent to mention that while ordering the CBI probe on January 21, the Allahabad High Court had observed that the investigating agency would be free to question the vice-chairmen and secretaries and other officers posted in the LDA during the period of scam.
That this was merely the tip of an iceberg became clear when during the course of an exercise to send property records being sought by an inquiry commission, the development agency discovered that another 296 property files of the scheme were also missing. Most of these missing files are of plots measuring 128 to 288 square metres in Sectors C, D, G, H and I of the housing scheme.
Subsequently, notices put up by the civic agency on December 29, 2005 and July 15, 2006 specifying the plots whose files were missing and seeking information thereof from the public drew a blank. Now in a damage control exercise, LDA Vice-Chairman BB Singh has constituted a 12-member committee headed by LDA Secretary RB Yadav to go through the entire housing scheme with a fine toothcomb. “We have been asked to cross-check each and every detail like the total number of plots allotted/sold and tally the same with the scheme’s sanctioned layout plan and submit a report within three months,” said an official on the panel.