Ex-UP chief secy in jail for land scam
Former UP chief secretary and Noida Authority (NA) chairperson Neera Yadav was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday after a CBI special court found her guilty of misusing her authority to fraudulently allot land in Noida to Flex Industries.india Updated: Dec 08, 2010 01:11 IST
Former UP chief secretary and Noida Authority (NA) chairperson Neera Yadav was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday after a CBI special court found her guilty of misusing her authority to fraudulently allot land in Noida to Flex Industries.
Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director of the Flex Group, who is allegedly well connected to several senior UP politicians, also received a similar sentence. The two were fined R50,000 each.
The court acquitted Yadav — voted one of the “most corrupt bureaucrats” by IAS officers in 1997 — in a second case of illegal land allotment during her 1994-95 tenure as NA chief.
Judge AK Singh convicted Yadav (62) and Chaturvedi (57) on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in the case in which the former flouted norms and reduced land price she allotted to Flex Industr-ies and Flex Engineering, companies controlled by Chaturvedi.
The 1994 deal, for 28,000 sq.m of land in Noida’s Sector 51, resulted in a loss of R1.12 crore to NA.
The two, who were also fined R50,000 each, were taken to the high-security Dasna District jail. Chaturvedi faced the ignominy of being handcuffed.
Yadav, a 1971 batch officer, was spared this humiliation. She, however, broke down in court when the sentence was read out.
The politically well-connected Yadav is the wife of former IPS officer MS Yadav, who was a minister in Rajnath Singh’s BJP government in 2001.
Following Chaturvedi’s conviction, shares of his packaging firm Uflex nosedived 19.9% on the Bombay Stock Exchange to 194.95.
“I have full regard for the Hon’ble Court, but I’m innocent. I have not committed any wrong during my tenure as an IAS officer,” Yadav, the first chief secretary to be removed from that position on the orders of the Supreme Court for corruption in 2005, told reporters after the verdict.
The lawyers representing Yadav and Chaturvedi said they would appeal against conviction in the Allahabad High Court.